Ana Maria Machado

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children & youth, human rights, Magic, realism
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Written and spoken word (general)
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America, South
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Brazil
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Ana Maria Machado was born in 1941 in Rio de Janeiro and is, alongside Lygia Bojunga and Ruth Rocha, one of the most significant children’s book authors in Brazil. She started her career as a painter in Rio de Janeiro and New York. After studying Romance languages she did a PhD with Roland Barthes at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. She worked as journalist for the magazine ´Elle´ in Paris and the BBC in London. In 1979, she opened the first children’s literature bookshop in Brazil, ´Malasartes´. In 1969, Ana Maria Machado started to write.
"I belong to that generation of writers who began to write during the military dictatorship as children’s literature, alongside poetry and song texts, were amongst the few literary forms with which, through the poetic and symbolic use of language, you could make the ideas of a joie de vivre, individual freedom and respect for human rights known."

Her story ´Menina Bonita do laço de fita´ (1986) about a white and a black rabbit who marry and have a whole hoard of black, white and black and white patterned children is a charming book about the living together of diverse ethnic groups. In ´Era uma vez um tirano´ (1982) three children defy a tyrant who has forbidden colour, thoughts and any happiness. Without pointing fingers, Ana Maria Machado always dresses up her messages in humorous stories and trusts the ability of her young readers to also read between the lines.

Similar to many Brazilian children’s book authors of her generation, Ana Maria Machado stands in the tradition of the first great children’s book author, José Bento Monteiro Lobatos (1882-1948). Her writing is marked, in the style of ´magical realism´, by a subtle mix of social satire and fantastic elements as well as a conscious and playful use of language and narrative structures. In ´História meio ao contrario´ (1978) Ana Maria Machado turns the classic narrative structure of the fairytale on its head and lets her story begin with: "And if they didn’t die, then they are still alive today" and end with "once upon a time".

In ´Bisa Bia, Bisa Bel´ (1982), one of her central works, Isabell’s internal dialogue with her dead great-grandmother, Bisa Bia, and her own great-grandchild from the future, Bisa Bel, becomes a magical journey to the invisible connections between the generations, which finally allow Isabell to find her own way. For the author, fantasy also means to expand the sense for space and time and to allow real and fantasy to mix with each other.

Ana Maria Machado has written more than hundred books for children and adults in 17 countries for which she has received the most significant Brazilian awards and many international honours. In 2000, she was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award for her life work, the most significant international prize for youth and children’s literature. Ana Maria Machado lives with her family in Rio de Janeiro.
Author: International Festival of Literature Berlin (ilb)

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2005
Atica: São Paulo

Palavra de honra

Published Written,
2005
Editora Nova Fronteira: Rio de Janeiro

Camilon, Comilon (El Barco de Vapor)

Published Written,
2004
Ed. SM: Madrid

Ilhas no tempo

Published Written,
2004
Editora Nova Fronteira: Rio de Janeiro

Uma Boa Cantoria

Published Written,
2003
FTD: São Paulo

Pimenta no Cocuruto

Published Written,
2003
São Paulo

O Barbeiro e o Coronel

Published Written,
2003
FTD: São Paulo

O Domador de Monstros

Published Written,
2003
FTD: São Paulo

Bento que Bento é o Frade

Published Written,
2003
Salamandra: Rio de Janeiro

Ah, Cambaxirra, Se Eu Pudesse ...

Published Written,
2003
FTD: São Paulo

Abrinda Caminho

Published Written,
2003
Atica: São Paulo

Portinholas

Published Written,
2003
Mercuryo Jovem: São Paulo

Menina bonita do laço de fita

Published Written,
2002
Atica: São Paulo

Dia de Chuva

Published Written,
2002
Salamandra: Rio de Janeiro

De Carta em Carta

Published Written,
2002
Salamandra: Rio de Janeiro

Como e por que ler os clássicos universais desde cedo

Published Written,
2002
Editora Objetiva: Rio de Janeiro

Do outro mundo

Published Written,
2002
Atica: São Paulo

Texturas

Published Written,
2001
Editora Nova Fronteira: Rio de Janeiro

Para sempre: Amor e tempo

Published Written,
2001
Editora Record: Rio de Janeiro

Contra Corrente

Published Written,
1999
Atica: São Paulo

A audácia dessa mulher

Published Written,
1999
Editora Nova Fronteira: Rio de Janeiro

Esta Força Estranha

Published Written,
1998
Atual: São Paulo

Currupaco papaco

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1997
Salamandra: Rio de Janeiro

O mar nunca transborda

Published Written,
1995
Editora Nova Fronteira: Rio de Janeiro

La abuelita aventurera

Published Written,
1995
Editora SM: Madrid

O mistério da ilha

Published Written,
1993
Editora Nova Fronteira: Rio de Janeiro

Do outro lado tem segredos

Published Written,
1993
Editora Nova Fronteira: Rio de Janeiro

Aos quatro ventos

Published Written,
1993
Editora Nova Fronteira: Rio de Janeiro

Canteiros de saturna

Published Written,
1991
F. Alves Editora: Rio de Janeiro

Bento que bento é o frade

Published Written,
1990
Salamandra: Rio de Janeiro

Alice e Ulisses

Published Written,
1990
Editora Nova Fronteira: Rio de Janeiro

Tropica sol de liberdade

Published Written,
1988
Editora Nova Fronteira: Rio de Janeiro

Menina Bonita do Laço de Fita

Published Written,
1986
Atica: São Paulo

Hoje tem espetáculo

Published Written,
1984
Editora Nova Fronteira: Rio de Janeiro

Historia meio ao contrario

Published Written,
1979
Atica: São Paulo

Recado do Nome

Published Written,
1976
Martins Fontes: Sao Paulo

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