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IGNÁCIO DE LOYOLA BRANDÃO

[ Araraquara: 1936 ] Is a renowned writer both in Brazil and abroad. As he himself states, he has been privileged to be able to bring his journalistic experience to bear on his creative work, notably his acute sense of reality, allied to an ability to report with accuracy and synthesize data. His journalistic background instilled in him as a writer a strong social concern with the political trends of the country, which is a distinguishing feature of several of his books.
As a great observer of his day and age and of the day to day minutiae which occurred, one of his quirks involved taking notes and recording in his notebooks everything that caught his eye, including strange instructions posted in hotel suites, newspaper and magazine cuttings, photographs, postcards or even an interesting phrase or story overheard in the street.

He rose to international fame in the 70's with his book entitled Zero which, being banned by the censors in Brazil, was first published in Italy.

Translated by Derrick Phillips
Updated in 1999