I was born in Rio de Janeiro but have lived most of my life in the United States. Consequently, my work often reflects the conflict between the Brazilian and the American culture: the sensual and the pragmatic; the myth of self- determination and the myth of El Dorado. My journey back to my roots was not easy. I started out writing about the small towns I grew up in and the people who struggled, never managing to escape. At a certain point, I realized that the Brazilian culture of my childhood made sense to me after all. From there, my novel Samba Dreamers, a tale of Brazilians in Hollywood was born. I like to hang out in the desert, in Brazilian towns not too many people have heard of, on a trail out in the Sierras, and in my room amidst my jumble of projects. Books in my shelves range from Brazilian folk poetry written in Portuguese, to books on anthropology. I currently live in San Francisco with my husband, Lewis Campbell, director of Multi-Ethnic Theatre. For more information on Samba Dreamers, appearances and a list of terrific links to Brazilian/Latino culture, go to my website at www.kathleenazevedo.com.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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