In research developed by the Study Group in Contemporary Brazilian Literature, linked to the University of Brasília (UnB), it was found that an average of approximately 75% of the books released between 1965 and 2014 were written by men. In order to encourage the reading of women authors, several initiatives have emerged in recent years, such as the collective Leia Mulheres and Mulherio das Letras.
Contributing to this movement of knowledge of literature written by women, we list below books released so far in 2018 that were written by or about women.
1. Brazilian Waltz: from boom to economic chaos (Still), by Laura Carvalho
With an attentive and thorough analysis, economist Laura Carvalho presents some explanations on how the Brazilian economy went from success to decline, passing through the Lula government and reaching stagnation after impeachment. In addition to the findings, Laura amends proposals on what can be done to get out of the crisis, with a new agenda.
2. Carolina Maria de Jesus: a biographyia (Malê), by Tom Farias
Often having her work and life rescued, the writer Carolina Maria de Jesus seems to have returned to stay in the imagination of Brazilian literature. Her trajectory from poor childhood to ascension in the publishing market, with subsequent disinterest in the literary world, is recounted with determination in this edition prepared by the publishing house Malê.
3. Every day the same night, the untold story of the Kiss nightclub (intrinsic), by Daniela Arbex
Since January 27, 2013, journalist Daniela Arbex has focused on the history of the dozens of people (mostly young people) who were victims of the fire that occurred at the Kiss nightclub, in Santa Maria. Five years after the incident, Daniela brings in this book a wish that these people will not be forgotten, as she sensitively follows the mourning and struggle of the victims' families and friends, who are still waiting for justice.
4. Carla Chaim (Cobogó), by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti
Ten years of the trajectory of the artist Carla Chaim are gathered in books that present sixty-six works, among various formats made by her. With the peculiarity of using her body to conduct her practices, Carla stands out as one of the most unique artists in Brazil today.
5. Incidents in the life of a slave girl (Aetia), for Harriet Ann Jacobs
First published in 1861, the book is one of the first literary records of African-American literature written by authors who lived through the terror of slavery in the US. Harriet reports the day-to-day sufferings of slaves in the fields, discussing the abusive practices they went through, which could be an autofictional record.
6. family lexicon (Literature Company), by Natalia Ginzberg
Coming from a family that vehemently fought Mussolini's fascism in Italy, Natalia addresses in her best-known book the life of an ordinary family in the midst of authoritarian times. The author brings her own childhood in a Jewish family as a guide, through her later friendship with Cesare Pavese and until her husband's death in prison.
7. Mom & Me & Mom (Record/Rose of Times), by Maya Angelou
Anyone who knows the story of Maya Angelou could hardly believe that one of her biggest difficulties was her troubled relationship with her mother. Left to be raised by her grandmother as a child, the multi-artist and feminist revolutionary had to learn, as a teenager, to love her mother, whom she later called “the best mother of a young woman”.
8. Jupiter's moons (Blue Library), for Alice Munro
Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013, Alice Munro addresses a family that has the figure of the father as a family nucleus and tries to keep up when the parent goes through health problems. Her daughter Janet then goes on a constant search for her father's approval in everything she does, desiring to be a source of pride for him.