Lins, Osman da Costa (1924–1978)

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Lins, Osman da Costa (1924–1978)

Osman da Costa Lins (b. 5 July 1924; d. 8 July 1978), Brazilian writer. A prolific author whose body of work includes short stories, drama, essays, and teleplays, Lins is best known for several novels exemplifying an important existentialist trend in Brazilian literature between the 1950s and the early 1980s. Lins's themes concerned the moral and ethical issues that must be confronted in everyday life, while the formal aspect of his fiction steadily evolved from simplicity to complex experimentation in language. His efforts to create innovative narrative techniques stand out in one of his best novels, Avalovara (1973; Eng. trans. 1980).

See alsoLiterature: Brazil .


Anatol Rosenfeld, "The Creative Narrative Processes of Osman Lins," in Studies in Short Fiction 8, no. 1 (1971): 230-244.

Additional Bibliography

Ferreira, Ermelinda. Vitral ao sol: Ensaios sobre a obra de Osman Lins. Recife: Editora Universitária da UFPE, 2004.

Igel, Regina. Osman Lins: Uma biografia literária. São Paulo: T.A. Queiroz Editor em convênio com o Instituto Nacional do Livro [e] Fundação Nacional Pró-Memória/MINC, 1988.

Simas, Rosa. Circularity and Visions of the New World in William Faulkner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Osman Lins. Lewiston, NY: E. Mellen Press, 1993.

                                              Pedro Maligo