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October 27, 1999

Gloria Kaiser To Lecture on Brazilian Writers

Gloria Kaiser will deliver a lecture, "Exile Literature: Jorge Amado, Brazil and Stefan Zweig, Austria," on Tuesday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E. The event is free and open to the public.

Gloria Kaiser is a prize-winning novelist whose works include Opfer ohne Bedeutung (1990), Oktoberfrühling (1991), Dona Leopoldine (1994), a best-seller in Brazil (translated as Dona Leopoldina: The Habsburg Empress of Brazil, Ariadne Press, 1998) and Pedro II (1997) (translated as Pedro II of Brazil: The Son of the Habsburg Empress, Ariadne Press, December 1999). She is also the author of critically acclaimed juvenile literature as well as plays and readings for the National Austrian Broadcasting Station ORF. Her research focuses on Austrian and German relations with Brazil.

Brazilian author Jorge Amado, born in Ilheus, Bahia, in 1912, was one of the world's most widely read authors in the 1960s and 1970s. He is the author of Cacao and Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, and also of plays and critical essays. In his early years (1948) he had to flee to Europe because of his criticism of his country and his political involvement in the communist movement. Gabriele, written after his exile, was the beginning of a new creative phase, which reflected the inner turmoil he felt during this period. After serving as press secretary to the Austrian Federal Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, Mr. Petritsch joined the Austrian Mission to the OECD in Paris. He subsequently served as head of the Austrian Press and Information Service in New York, and then as acting head of the Department for Multilateral Economic Cooperation in the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Austrian author Stefan Zweig, born in Vienna in 1881, was one of the most widely read German-speaking authors during the 1920s and 1930s. He wrote poetry, critical essays, short stories and biographies. Driven into exile by the Nazis in 1934, he lived in Brazil and while there he wrote The Royal Game, one of the most important examples of exile literature. He committed suicide in Brazil in 1942.

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PR 99-165
10/27/99
ISSN 0731-3527

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