ISLAMABAD - Brazilian writer Bernardo Carvalho was invited by the Brazilian Embassy to deliver a lecture here at KuchKhaas on contemporary Brazilian literature and to participate in the Karachi Literature Festival.
He is the first Brazilian writer to take part in the festival and the only Latin American representative in the event. His lecture at KuchKhaas was attended by Pakistani literature lovers, journalists and diplomats. After his visit to the capital, Carvalho is heading to Karachi where he will take part in Karachi Literature Festival. He will be participating on the session "The World of the Novel," moderated by Shandana Minhas, which will be a great opportunity for building bridges across the Pakistani and the Brazilian literary communities.
Bernardo Carvalho is a novelist, journalist and playwright, who has been the correspondent in Paris and New York for one of Brazil's major daily newspapers and the editor of the paper's literary supplement. His books are translated into more than ten languages and published in many countries. In addition to a collection of short stories published in 1993, he has written ten novels, most recently Reproduction (2013) already published in Brazil. Two of them were translated into English and published in the UK: the novella Fear of de Sade, by Canongate, and Nine Nights, by Heinemann. The latter was awarded the prizes Portugal Telecom and Machado de Assis. Mongolia (2003) was awarded the prizes Jabuti (the most important Brazilian literary prize) and APCA. He has contributed with his fiction to a variety of publications and anthologies in Brazil and abroad. His 2006 play BR-3, written for an experimental theatre company, was staged on the Tietê River, in São Paulo, and on boats in the bay of Rio.
Another play (Dire cequ'on ne pense pas dans des languesqu'on ne parle pas) will have its world première at the National Theatre, in Brussels, in May 2014, before travelling to Romania and Avignon, in France.