A Brazilian Voice: Jaime Garcia DiasNovember 5, 2015 - Author: steph
It’s difficult to get an idea what another culture is like from without. Even another city in one’s own country becomes impossible to understand unless some local sheds light on the situation. A man from Wyoming going to New York isn’t going to come up with anything integral to the New York lifestyle if he only spends a few weeks there and talks to the people around him but scantily. In the same way, a New Yorker probably won’t get a good idea of Wyoming if he just spends a few weeks out there. And neither of these Americans will have any idea what to make of Brazil from a short trip or perusal of available internet materials. It either takes living in the area, or absorbing information from those that have lived in such an area, to truly understand it. But thankfully, it isn’t impossible to get an idea of these regions, because authors like Jaime Garcia Dias exist.
Jaime Garcia Dias has been writing for thirty years, and producing videos for almost as long. Born in the seventies, Dias grew up in Rio de Janeiro and was able to observe its diversity firsthand. Dias’ father was already a very well-respected writer in his own right, and his mother was an architect of no little quality. Between the two, Dias got the education he needed and the voice which would eventually become so prolific in the Brazilian literary scene. By the age of fifteen, Dias had already embarked on his first fictional writing. By the age of twenty-five, he was tweeting about Brazilian literature, and teaching literature at a prominent Brazilian literary academy geared at teaching kids out of high school how to become good writers. He taught there five years, and eventually became president of the same institution. During that time, he authored some twenty books. Books which have become famous across Brazil.
Dias writes in a number of capacities, too including his WordPress blog. He’s not bound strictly to fiction–though, realistically, fiction is the best translator. People understand fiction better than fact because obliquely it brings its truths before their eyes such that consciousness can’t immediately reject them. A good plot is bound in solid truths the author is working very hard to teach the reader. Now these truths can be communicated in non-fiction, but it’s often more difficult. That said, Dias excels at this too. His most recent book is a compilation of articles he wrote on a weekly basis for a prominent newspaper in Rio de Janeiro. The articles deal primarily with his childhood, and really show the truth of Brazil and Rio in a way no northerner or westerner could ever fully understand, were it not for Dias’ exceptionally profound style of writing. Jaime Garcia Dias is truly a brilliant Brazilian voice.