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João Ubaldo Ribeiro

Biography

João Ubaldo Ribeiro was born in 1941 in Itaparica. His father was a lawyer and also founded the law course at the Universidade Católica de Salvador. When Ribeiro was two months old, the family moved to Aracaju. He was encouraged to read by both parents. He attended college with the future great Brazilian film director Glauber Rocha, with whom he remained good friends.

He started working as a journalist and then went to university to study law. He started but never completed army officer training, before going to the United States, studying economics at the University of Southern California. He returned the following year, lecturing in political science at the Universidade Federal da Bahia and working as a reporter for the Jornal da Bahia, where he eventually became editor-in-chief. He also worked for and edited various magazines, including with his friend, Glauber Rocha.

He had been writing novels and short stories but his first big success came with Sargento Getúlio (Sergeant Getúlio) in 1971. He went on to have success writing novels, stories and children’s works. Apart from a short spell in Berlin, he lived in Rio de Janeiro. He died in 2014.

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Bibliography

1968 Setembro não tem sentido (novel)
1971 Sargento Getúlio (Sergeant Getúlio) (novel)
1974 Vencecavalo e o outro povo (stories)
1979 Vila Real (novel)
1981 Livro de histórias (stories)
1981 Política: quem manda, por que manda, como manda (politics)
1983 Vida e paixão de Pandonar, o cruel (children’s)
1984 Viva o povo brasileiro (An Invincible Memory) (novel)
1988 Sempre aos domingos (articles)
1989 O Sorriso do Lagarto (The Lizard’s Smile) (novel)
1990 A vingança de Charles Tiburone (children’s)
1995 Um brasileiro em Berlim (articles)
1997 O feitiço da Ilha do Pavão (novel)
1999 Arte e ciência de roubar galinha (articles)
1999 A Casa dos Budas Ditosos (House of the Fortunate Buddhas)( novel)
2000 O Conselheiro Come (articles)
2000 Miséria e grandeza do amor de Benedita (novel)
2002 Diário do Farol (novel)
2006 A gente se acostuma a tudo (articles)
2009 O Albatroz Azul (novel)
2009 O rei da noite (articles)
2011 Dez bons conselhos de meu pai (children’s)