Ignacio de Loyola Brandao

Ignacio De Loyola Brandao

Ignacio de Loyola Brandao

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Ignacio de Loyola Brandao (born 1936 in Araraquara in São Paulo) is a Brazilian born writer perhaps best known as the science fiction author of the dystopian novel Zero, the story of Brazil in the 1960s under a totalitarian regime. In his career he has won the Prêmio Jabuti.

Brandao moved from his small city to São Paulo, the capital, when he was twenty and worked at a newspaper, Ultima Hora (Last Hour). He "familiarized himself with the geographical idiosyncrasies of the metropolis and the complex political issues of the day" over the next eight years until the 1964 coup d'etat that ushered in military rule. He was able to publish Bebel Que a Cideda Comeu (Bebel Eaten by the City) in 1968 but due to censorship, Zero, completed in 1969, was only first published in Europe in 1974 and censored from Brazil until the late 1970s.Robert M. Levine, John J. Crocitti, The Brazil reader: history, culture, politics, pp.251, Duke University Press, 1999, ISBN 0822322900, 9780822322900. His experiences and knowledge were reflected in his novels, Nao veras pais nenhum (1981), Zero, and And Still Is The Earth (1985). These novels also...
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