Jorge Amado Biography

Author, Activist (1912–2001)
Novelist Jorge Amado’s early works, including The Violent Land (1942), explore the exploitation and suffering of plantation workers.


Jorge Amado was born August 10, 1912, in Ferradas, Brazil. He published his first novel at age 20. Despite imprisonment and exile for leftist activities, he continued to produce novels, many of which have been banned in Brazil and Portugal. Later works preserve Amado's political attitude in their more subtle satire; many of his books were adapted for film and TV.

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