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Brandão, Ignácio de Loyola 1936-

Brandão, Ignácio de Loyola 1936-

PERSONAL: Born July 31, 1936, in Araraquara, São Paulo, Brazil; son of Antonio Maria (accountant) and Rosário Lopes Brandão. Education: Attended college.

CAREER: Writer, screenwriter, and journalist. Contributor to newspaper Estado, São Paulo, Brazil. Began career writing film reviews.

AWARDS, HONORS: Brasilia Prize, for Zero; Jabuti Prize, 2000.


Depois do sol; contos, Editora Brasiliense (São Paulo, Brazil), 1965.

Bebel que a cidade comeu; romance, Editora Brasiliense (São Paulo, Brazil), 1968, reprinted, Global (São Paulo, Brazil), 1986.

Cadeiras proibidas: contos, Edicoes Simbolo (São Paulo, Brazil), 1976, revised edition, Editora Codecri (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), 1979.

Dentes ao sol: ou, A destruição da catedral, Editora Brasilia/Rio (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), 1976.

Pega ele, silêncio: contos, Edicoes Simbolo (São Paulo, Brazil), 1976.

Cães danados, edited by André Carvalho; illustrations by Joyce Brandão, Editora Comunicacao (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), 1977.

Cuba de Fidel: viagem à ilha proibida (travel; title means “Cuba of Fidel: Trip to the Forbidden Island”), Livraria Cultura Editora (São Paulo, Brazil), 1978.

Não veras pais nenhum: memorial descritivo, Codecri (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), 1981, published as And Still the Earth, Avon Books (New York, NY), 1985.

(With Vallandro Keating) E gol (torcida amiga, boa tarde), Palavra e Imagem Editora (São Paulo, Brazil), 1982.

Cabeças de segunda-feira, Codecri (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), 1983.

Zero (novel), translated by Ellen Watson, Avon Books (New York, NY), 1983, reprinted with an introduction by Thomas Colchie, Dalkey Archive Press (Normal, IL), 2004.

O Verde violentou o muro: visões e alucinações alemãs, Global Editora (São Paulo, Brazil), 1984, 13th edition, revised, 2002.

O Beijo não vem da boca, Global (São Paulo, Brazil), 1985.

O Presente é o futuro: manifesto verde, 2nd edition, Editora Ground (São Paulo, Brazil), 1985.

O ganhador: romance, Global Editora (São Paulo, Brazil), 1987.

(Author of text) Lily Sverner e Andre Boccato, Fragmentos de uma paisagem urbana, (title means “Fragments of an Urban Landscape”), Sver & Boccato Editores (São Paulo, Brazil), 1988.

(Author of text) Eduardo Castanho, Paulista, símbolo da cidade, Banco Itau (São Paulo, Brazil), 1990.

Ignácio de Loyola Brandão (short stories), selected by Deonísio da Silva, Global (São Paulo, Brazil), 1993.

Olhos de banco: Avelino A. Vieira, DBA-Dorea Books and Art (Curitiba, Brazil), 1993.

(Author of text) Teatro Municipal de São Paulo: grandes momentos, photographs by Rômulo Fialdini and Cristiano Mascaro, illustrations by Roberto Stickel, DBA-Dorea Books and Art (São Paulo, Brazil), 1993.

(Author of text) Luz no êxtase: vitrais e vitralistas no Brasil (title means “Light on Ecstasy: Brazil’s Stained Glass Windows and Artists”), photographs by Ary Diesendruck, Dorea Books and Art (São Paulo, Brazil), 1994.

O anjo do adeus: sacanas honestos jogam limpo jogos sujos, Global Editora (São Paulo, Brazil), 1995.

(Author of text) Itaú, 50 anos, DBA-Dorea Books and Art (São Paulo, Brazil), 1995.

Oficina de sonhos: Américo Emílio Romi, aventuras de um pioneiro, photographs by Claudio Edinger, Dorea Books and Art (São Paulo, Brazil), 1996.

(Author of text) Santa Marina, um futuro transparente: 100 anos, photographs by Romulo Fialdini, Dorea Books and Art (São Paulo, Brazil), 1996.

(Author of text) Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, FAAP, 1947-1997, photographs by Romulo Fialdini, design by Victor Burton, DBA (São Paulo, Brazil), 1997. (Author of text) SESC, 50 anos, DBA (São Paulo, Brazil), 1997.

Veia bailarina, Global Editora (São Paulo, Brazil), 1997.

(With Rodolpho Telarolli) Addio bel campanile: a saga dos Lupo, Global Editora (São Paulo, Brazil), 1998.

(Author of text) Energia em evolução: COMGÁS, a Companhia de Gás de São Paulo, photographs by Romul Fialdini, Dorea Books and Art (São Paulo, Brazil), 1998.

Universidade do Coração: 100 anos de história, Dezembro Editorial (São Paulo, Brazil), 1998.

(Author of text) Bolsa de Valores de São Paulo: 110 anos, DBA (São Paulo, Brazil), 1999.

Camargo Corrêa 60 anos (title means “Camargo Corrêa: 60 Years“), research by Hildegard Herbold, DBA (São Paulo, Brazil), 1999.

O Homem que odiava a segunda-feira: as aventuras possíveis, 2nd edition, Global Editora (São Paulo, Brazil), 1999.

(With Deonísio Silva) Villares 80 Years, DBA (São Paulo, Brazil), 1999.

Club Athletico Paulistano: corpo e alma de um clube centenário, DBA (São Paulo, Brazil), 2000.

(Author of text) Crônicas da vida lindeira = Cronicas of people and dams, (title means “Chronicles of People and Dams”), photographs by Eduardo Sima[H6126]es, Luciano Candisani, and Romulo Fialdini, DBA (São Paulo, Brazil), 2001.

(Author of text) Dutra 50 anos: quatro séculos em cinco horas, photographs by Luciano Candisani, DBA (São Paulo, Brazil), 2001.

O Anônimo célebre: reality romance, 2nd edition, Global Editora (São Paulo, Brazil), 2002.

(Author of text) A Embaixada do Brasil em Lisboa, photographs by Valentino Fialdini, Dezembro Editorial (São Paulo, Brazil), 2002.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados: 60 Years, Dezembro Editorial (São Paulo, Brazil), 2002.

(Author of text) Leite de Rosas: uma história, photographs by Romulo Fialdini, DBA (São Paulo, Brazil), 2003.

Romi-Isetta: o pequeno pioneir, DBA (São Paulo, Brazil), 2004.

A Última viagem de Borges: duas possibilidades de encenação, Global Editora (São Paulo, Brazil), 2005.

Also author of screenplays for films, including Bebel, Garota Propaganda (based on his short story “Bebel Que a Cidade Comeu”), 1968;Anuska, Manequim e Mulher (based on his short story “Ascensāo ao Mundo de Anuska”), 1968;Obscenidades, 1986;Urbania, 2001. Contributor to books, including Açāo, Atual Editora (São Paulo, Brazil), 1989; author of introduction to Bodas de sangue, by Gregorio Gruber, Best Editora (São Paulo, Brazil), 1986.

SIDELIGHTS: Ignácio de Loyola Brandão is a Brazilian writer and novelist whose novel Zero was initially banned in his own country and subsequently published in Italy. The novel revolves around an exterminator who finds humans to be approximately on the same level as the pests he exterminates. However, as the protagonist deals with a seemingly unending bureaucracy, the reader becomes aware of the author’s “artful juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated information” to attack the Brazilian dictatorship, as noted by Ruth Doughterty in the Library Journal. In his novel And Still the Earth, Brandão presents a nightmarish vision of São Paulo, Brazil, as an overpopulated city that has even further widened the gap between its rich and poor inhabitants. Depicting dead bodies dumped in rivers and constant battles between the police and the criminal underworld, Brandão presents a futuristic vision in which environmental degradation has led to only the rich being able to afford “real” plants and food and water being strictly rationed to the poor. The novel’s protagonist, Souze, a blacklisted former history professor, guides the reader through a walled-off city and a country under strict control of militarists who have auctioned off its northern states as residencies for foreigners. “Despite the very Brazilian flavor of Mr. Brandão’s writing and concerns. . ., And Still the Earth makes compelling reading for foreigners,” wrote Larry Rohter in the New York Times Book Review.“The conditions he describes and the grim future he foresees for his city may also await Lagos, Calcutta, Shanghai and Mexico City.”



Library Journal, October 1, 1983, Ruth Doughterty, review of And Still the Earth, p. 1888.

New York Times Book Review, September 29, 1985, Larry Rohter, review of Zero.

ONLINE, (January 17, 2007), biography of author.

International Movie Database, (January 17, 2007), information on author’s film work.

Releituras, (January 17, 2007), biography of author.*

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