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Typewritten letter signed by Jorge Amado (1965)

Typewritten letter signed by Jorge Amado (1965)

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In 1965, Jorge Amado is in Salvador and works on his new novel.

Typewritten letter with the signature of Jorge Amado to the couple of friends Antônio and Zora Olinto. A leaf. In Portuguese. 20.5cm x 26.5cm. Salvador, February 22, 1965. Excellent condition. Single piece.

I continue to work on the novel, slowly and steadily.

Best adapted author in cinema, theater, Carnival and, above all, in Brazilian television with numerous successful soap operas, Jorge Amado (1912 - 2001) was one of the most famous writers in Brazilian literature. Translated into 55 countries and 49 languages, the success of his work was surpassed only by Paulo Coelho.

A great admirer of Jorge Amado's work, his wife Zélia (1916 - 2008) began working with him in 1945 in the movement for the amnesty of political prisoners. A short time later, the two writers got married and Zélia decided to help her husband by revising and typing his original manuscripts on the machine. They lived in Rio de Janeiro, Paris and Czechoslovakia, where Zélia started the project to photograph Jorge, allowing a record of all the key events in the writer's life. Finally, they moved to Salvador, Bahia, their homeland.

Antonio Olinto and Zora Seljan were among the closest friends of Jorge Amado and Zélia Gattai. Between visits, correspondence between the two couples was intense.

Afro-Brazilian culture was a constant theme, given the interest that Olinto and Zora had in the subject; one of the other outstanding themes is the intense harassment suffered by Jorge Amado, who was often forced to leave Bahia accompanied by Zélia to find some peace and quiet in London, the capital where Olinto lived with his wife; among the other subjects commented on by Amado and Zélia in their correspondence, there is also news about the Candomblés of Bahia, Jorge's writing process, the books published by his friends (Olinto and Zora were prolific writers), trips they made to Italy and France, the daily life of the house in Bahia, always full of visitors - including other celebrities - and business relationships with television and cinema.

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