Books

 For the month of July, the Embassy of Brazil in London Book Club will have a session focussing on a Brazilian classic: The Guarani, published in 1857 by José de Alencar. The story evolves around the two characters Cecília and Peri, a Guarani Indian who, having once saved the girl’s life, is invited to live in a cabin on her family’s farm. Unfortunately, Ceci’s brother ends up killing an Indian woman from the Aimoré tribe, who then attempt to kill Ceci in retribution, but are prevented from doing so by Peri. This then sparks a war between the Aimorés and…

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The Brazilian Bilingual Book Club of the Embassy of Brazil in London aims to bring some of the treasures of Brazilian literature to the reading public in London and further afield. It was successfully launched in January 2015 and, in the first year, we read twelve fabulous classics. Book Club meets once a month at our Embassy, near Trafalgar Square on Thursdays from 6.30-9 pm. Dates and Titles May 19 | As Religiões no Rio, de João do Rio (1904) June 16 | O Ateneu, de Raul Pompéia (1888) July 21 | O Guarany – Romance brasileiro, de José de Alencar (1857)…

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The Belgian sociologist and writer Léo Moulin, in his book L´Europe à Table – tu es ce que tu manges: introduction a una psychosociologie des pratiques alimentaires asserts that “we don´t eat with our teeth and we don´t digest with our stomach; we eat with our spirit. (…) We eat our remembrances, the most secured ones, seasoned with rites that marked the early childhood”. This assertion inspired us so that it became one of the main reasons why we have created a culinary section at Belaponte – a company which we founded in our “second home” of Sweden – with the…

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The Embassy of Brazil, with the aim of promoting Brazilian literature in London, launched a Book Club back in January 2015. The club, for those who love reading, is open to all at no cost, be them Brazilian or foreign. Due to its success the project is continuing this year. As a bilingual club, participants can read in whichever language they prefer, however the subsequent discussions will be held in English. More information about the schedule this year is available on the Consulate website. The schedule for the coming months: 21st April: Vidas Secas (1938) (Dry Lives) – Graciliano Ramos…

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Stories stimulate creativity and help children create a better world. Stories teach them new words and help to strengthen bonds between parents and children This book was delivered to my house in 2011, whilst I was still living in Brazil, as part of a promotion run by Itaú bank, “Leia para uma criança”, or in English, “Read to a child”. My husband and I always tried to encourage our children to read. As my husband is English, we read quite a few books in English, but we always thought it was very important to read in two languages. Now, living…

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Another book recommendation, this time in English, is one we love to read here at home, The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, by Eugene Trivizas with illustrations by Helen Oxebury. In this book, the classic story of the Three Little Pigs is turned inside out. This time the three little wolves come together and use modern materials, such as concrete, chains, steel, barbed wire, to construct houses to protect themselves from the Big Bad Pig. It is a great book and has a lovely ending. I recommend Reading this book to children between 4 and 9 years old,…

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Every time I visit Brazil I make sure I buy books, mostly children’s books for my daughter, but recently I was delighted to discover that there is a bookstore in the heart of London that sells children’s books written in Portuguese called Foyles, on Charing Cross Road (number 107). The bookstore has more than 200,000 titles upon its 6.5 km of shelving, 25,000 of which are make up the foreign literature section, with a range of approximately 150 languages. The books available in Portuguese range from children’s literature to Portuguese courses for children and adults, classic and contemporary Brazilian literature,…

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