Contraponto interview with Prof. Emerita Renata R. M. Wasserman on Freedom Sun in the Tropics, by Ana Maria Machado

Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 11:00 am. Listen live at 97.3FM,, WJFD Radio App or iHeart Radio!

Contraponto Prof. Emerita Renata R. M. Wasserman

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Please join us and tune in to WJFD Radio FM for Contraponto, a program series sponsored by the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and the Luso-American Development Foundation.   

This Sunday, April 18, at 11:00 am, Irene Amaral will welcome featured guest translator Renata R. M. Wasserman, professor emerita of English and comparative literature at Wayne State University, for a discussion of Freedom Sun in the Tropics by Ana Maria Machado (Tagus Press, 2020).

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Based on the author’s own experiences of life, exile, and return under the dictatorship that gripped Brazil in the 1960s and 1970s, Freedom Sun in the Tropics follows Lena, a journalist, as she resists violence and political repression, and decides to flee to Paris. Upon her eventual return, Lena soon discovers that the dictatorship’s prison walls have enclosed private lives and hold strong even after the collapse of authoritarianism. With friendship, truth, and family broken, she struggles to make the difficult return to freedom and regain a sense of life—and simple decency—on the other side of trauma. Originally published in 1988, Ana Maria Machado’s novel vividly captures one of the darkest periods in recent Brazilian history.  

ANA MARIA MACHADO is the author of more than one hundred books for children, young adults, and adults. A longtime member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, Machado has taught at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the Sorbonne, Oxford University, and the University of California, Berkeley.  

RENATA R. M. WASSERMAN, born and raised in Brazil, is professor emerita of English and comparative literature at Wayne State University and author of Central at the Margin: Five Brazilian Women Writers (Bucknell University Press, 2007). 

Freedom Sun in the Tropics is volume 8 of the Brazilian Literature in Translation Series, edited by Dário Borim (UMass Dartmouth) and Cristina Mehrtens (UMass Dartmouth).

To purchase Freedom Sun in the Tropics, please visit the University of Massachusetts Press website by clicking HERE. The book can also be purchased on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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