Brazilian literary legend reads at MCR's Anthony Burgess Foundation

Brazilian literary legend and multiple-award-winning writer, João Gilberto Noll, reading at Manchester’s International Anthony Burgess Foundation as part of Book of Rio UK promo tour.

By Matthew Tyas | Last updated 26 September 2014

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A rare opportunity to see celebrated Brazilian author João Gilberto Noll in the UK. João will be reading his short story ‘Something Urgently’, published in the anthology The Book of Rio (Comma Press, 2014), and discussing the major themes behind his work with one of the co-editors of the book, Katie Slade.


João Gilberto Noll was born in Porto Alegre in southern Brazil in 1946 and is the author of 19 books. His formal literary debut came in 1980 when his first short story collection O Cego e a Dançarina (The Blind Man and the Dancer) was released, for which he received three literary prizes.

‘A timely collection…these stories seem to rub up against each other in a teeming metropolis of contrasts.’
– The Guardian

One of the stories from the collection, ‘Alguma Coisa Urgentemente’ (Something Urgently), was the basis for the film Nunca Fomos Tão Felizes (‘Happier Than Ever’) in 1983, which won several major Brazilian film awards.

‘A fine anthology’
– The Independent on Sunday

He has won more than ten literary awards, including receiving the Jabuti Prize five times, and his novel Harmada made Bravo! magazine’s list of 100 essential Brazilian books of all time. 

Thursday 25th September
The International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Chorlton Mill
3 Cambridge St
Manchester M1 5BY