Jorge Amado’s birthday celebrated in Bahia.

By: Bella Papadopoulou.

The big celebration weekend made the memory of what would have been award winning writer Jorge Amado’s 100th birthday more vivid than ever.

Beloved Bahian author Jorge Leal Amado de Faria, would have turned a century if he was still alive on the 10th of August and there was a big celebration in his honor throughout the entire weekend.

One of the many attractions were Caetano Velosos free public concert in Ilhéus that many Itacarenses happily attended.

Jorge Amado is one of the most famous writers of the modernist school and his work has been translated into over 50 languages and some even made into films such as “Dona Flor e seus dois maridos”.

Jorge was born in a village called Ferradas, close to Itabuna which at that time belonged to the district of Ilhéus. This is why he always referred to himself as a citizen of Ilhéus.

He published his first novel at the age of 18 in 1931 called “O país do carnaval” and in 1933 he increased his popularity with the publication of his second novel “Cacau”.

One of the reasons that his books gained such big recognition was due to the social issues that he raised through his stories. In the large cocoa plantation, Jorge saw the misery and the struggles of the people working the land and how they were living in slave conditions. All of this is very present in his work especially in his book called “Terras do Sem Fim” from 1944.

This was also why Jorge had to confront the political system. His leftist activities made it difficult for him under the regime of Getúlio Vargas. In 1935 he was arrested for the first time, and two years later his books were publicly burned. His work was banned from Portugal as well, but in the rest of Europe he gained great popularity, especially with the publication of “Jubiabá”.

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