Why is the Portuguese such unpopular language in the media? In the wake of Brazil’s economic boom, an editor suggested readers started to learn Portuguese. I show here the up and downs of the Portuguese, the normative obsessions, and what non-speakers miss after all.
Flipside is a festival of Brazilian literature happening annually at the Snape Maltings, in Suffolk, England. In this piece I tell how my curiosity drove me into the fascinating world of Liz Calder, a British editor passionate about Brazil and its authors. I tell a bit of Calder’s story, as well as I explore the somehow stereotypical images that entail British narratives of Brazil.