Longform

The Portuguese language and lunatics

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.

Seeing full circles: The flip side of a literary festival

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.

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