How does one write about a coup and a dictatorship? Ana Maria Machado's Freedom Sun in the Tropics

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Date: February 26, 2021
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Category: Lecture

An Emeritus Academy colloquium presentation by Renata Wasserman, English

Abstract: The novel, published in 1988 (original title, Tropical Sol da Liberdade), traces the trajectory of the main character, Maria Helena, or Lena in the dictatorship that gripped Brazil between 1964 and the 1980s, through trauma, exile, return, and the beginnings of recovery. The translation, by Renata Wasserman, Freedom Sun in the Tropics (Tagus Press) has just hit the bookstores.

Renata Wasserman taught English and Comparative Literature, with emphasis on eighteenth and nineteenth century prose fiction. She was born and raised in Brazil, the daughter of immigrants from Central Europe, and as what you might call a second-generation outsider, it made sense to her to look at questions of national and cultural identity. And to do translations.

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Arthur Marotti