Nélida Piñon

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Nelida Pinon

Nélida Piñon (born May 3, 1937) is a Brazilian author and professor.


Piñon was born in 1937 in Rio de Janeiro of Galician immigrants.

Her first novel was Guia-Mapa de Gabriel Arcanjo (The Guidebook of Archangel Gabriel), written in 1961, it concerns a protagonist discussing Christian doctrine with her guardian angel. In the 1970s she became noted for erotic novels A casa de paixão (The House of Passion) and A força do destino (The Force of Destiny), written in 1977.

In 1984 she perhaps had her greatest success with A Republica dos Sonhos, English translation The Republic of Dreams. The work involves generations of a family from Galicia who emigrated to Brazil. This relates to her own family's experience.

She is a former President of Academia Brasileira de Letras (Brazilian Academy of Letters).


  • Guia-Mapa de Gabriel Arcanjo (The Guidebook of Gabriel Arcanjo) (1961)
  • Fundador (Founders) (pre-1971)
  • A Casa da Paixão (The House of Passion) (1972)
  • A força do destino (The Force of Destiny) (1977)
  • The Republic of Dreams, tr. Helen Lane, University of Texas Press (1991), ISBN 0-292-77050-2
  • A doce cançao de Caetana (The Sweet Song of Caetana) (1987)

Short stories[edit]

  • I love my husband.
  • Big-Bellied Cow
  • O Pão de Cada Dia


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