The story

Érico Veríssimo

Gaucho writer (1905-1975). One of the most translated Brazilian authors in the world, explores various literary genres within the modernist style.

Érico Lopes Veríssimo (17/12 / 1905-28 / 11/1975) is born in Cruz Alta, where he does his first studies and works in commerce. He moved to Porto Alegre in 1930 and joined the former Publishing House Globo as secretary of Revista do Globo, later becoming its president. Debut in the literature in 1932, with the series Fantoches short stories. The following year launches the novel Clarissa, with which it gains national popularity. It addresses urban themes and reveals influences from writers such as Aldous Huxley in the books Music Away (1935) and A Place in the Sun (1936). It is successful throughout the country with Look at the Lilies of the Field (1938), which has a record run for the time: 62,000 copies. Between 1941 and 1945 he teaches Brazilian literature at the University of Berkeley in the United States. From this period result Black Cat in Snow Field (1941) and The Return of Black Cat (1945). In 1954 receives the Machado de Assis Prize, conferred by the Brazilian Academy of Letters for the set of his work. The highlight of his career is the trilogy The Time and the Wind: The Continent (1949), The Portrait (1951) and The Archipelago (1961), where he recreates, from a genealogical and social point of view, the Rio Grande do South. Dies in Porto Alegre.