João Ubaldo Ribeiro

João Ubaldo Ribeiro (January 23, 1941 – July 18, 2014) was a Brazilian writer, journalist, screenwriter and professor. Several of his books and short stories have been turned into movies and TV series in Brazil. Ribeiro was a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, being elected in 1994. At the time of his death many considered him to be Brazil's greatest contemporary novelist.[1]

João Ubaldo Ribeiro
Joao Ubaldo Ribeiro
BornJanuary 23, 1941
Itaparica, Bahia
DiedJuly 18, 2014 (aged 73)


Ribeiro was the first of three children of Manoel Ribeiro and Maria Felipa Osório Pimental. When Ribeiro was two months old, the family moved to Aracaju, in the northeastern state of Sergipe. Early on, he showed an interest in literature. In 1955, he began attending the Colégio da Bahia, along with Glauber Rocha, with whom he became friends in 1956.

In 1957, Ribeiro began working for local newspapers as a journalist. The following year, he entered the Universidade Federal da Bahia to study law. During this time, he published several magazines and journals with Rocha. In 1959, his anthology of stories from Bahia, Lugar e circunstancia (Place and Circumstance), was published. He married his first wife, Maria Beatriz Moreira Caldas, a fellow student, in 1960. They divorced nine years later. In 1963, he wrote his first novel, Setembro não faz sentido.

In 1964, Ribeiro left the country for political reasons and went to the United States to study economics, returning the following year to lecture in political science at the Universidade Federal da Bahia. After six years, he was back on his academic career and returned to journalism. In 1969, he married the historian Monica Maria Roters, with whom he had two daughters: Emilia (born 1970) and Manuela (born 1972).

In 1971, his breakthrough novel Sargento Getúlio was published, followed three years later by Vencecavalo e o outro povo. In 1980, Ribeiro had his third marriage with Berenice Batella, with whom he had two children, Bento (born 1981) and Francisca (born 1983). In 1981, he took his family to Lisbon so he could write for the magazine Caretta.

From his return to Brazil until his death, he lived in Rio de Janeiro.

Riberiro lived in Berlin between 1990/91 as a participant of the Berlin Artists Program of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, or DAAD). He wrote several newspaper articles, some of which recounted his experiences in the city and which later formed the basis of his book Um brasileiro em Berlim (A Brazilian in Berlin}.

In 1994, Ribeiro was inducted to the Academia Brasileira de Letras (Brazilian Academy of Letters), occupying seat 34.

In 2008, Ribeiro received the Prémio Camões, the most important Portuguese-speaking literary prize.[2] He died at the age of 73 on July 18, 2014.[3]

Awards and recognition

  • 1971 Prêmio Golfinho de Ouro, do Estado do Rio de Janeiro foir the novel "Sargento Getúlio".
  • Two Jabuti Prizes, for Sargento Getúlio Best Author, 1972) and Viva o Povo Brasileiro" (Novel of the Year,1984)
  • 1983 Prêmio Altamente Recomendável - Fundação Nacional do Livro Infantil e Juvenil,, for "Vida e Paixão de Pandonar, o Cruel" ;
  • 1996 Anna Seghers Prize, (Mainz, Germany);
  • Die Blaue Brillenschlange (Zurich, Switzerland);
  • 1996-Head of the Chair of Poetik Dozentur, Tübingen University, Germany;[4]
  • 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award- Brazilian International Press Awards.
  • 2008 Camões Prize
  • 2010 São Paulo Prize for Literature — Shortlisted in the Best Book of the Year category for O Albatroz Azul[5]

Partial bibliography


  • Setembro não tem sentido [September has no Sense]. 1968.
  • Sargento Getúlio [Sergeant Getúlio]. 1971.
  • Vila Real [Real Town]. 1979.
  • Viva o povo brasileiro (Hail the Brazilian People, self-translated as An Invincible Memory) - 1984
  • O sorriso do lagarto (The Lizard's Smile) - 1989
  • O feitiço da Ilha do Pavão (The Sorcery of Peacock Island) - 1997
  • A casa dos Budas ditosos (The House of the Fortunate Buddhas) - 1999
  • Diário do Farol (The Lighthouse's Diary) - 2002
  • O Albatroz Azul (The Blue Albatross) - 2009

Children's books

  • Vida e paixão de Pandomar, o cruel [Life and Passion of Pandomar, the Cruel]. 1983.
  • A vingança de Charles Tiburone [The Revenge of Charles Tiburone]. 1990.


  1. ^ Vitor Abdala (July 18, 2014). "Brazil Loses What Many Consider Its Best Contemporary Novelist". Brazil Magazine. Archived from the original on July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  2. ^ "Morreu o escritor brasileiro João Ubaldo Ribeiro Prémio Camões 2008". RTP Notícias. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  3. ^ Torres, Sérgio (18 July 2014). "João Ubaldo Ribeiro morre aos 73 anos no Rio". O Estado de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Poetik-Dozenturen 1996 - 2004". Universität Tübingen- Philosophische Fakultät (in German).
  5. ^ MARCO RODRIGO ALMEIDA (29 May 2010). "Prêmio São Paulo de Literatura divulga finalistas". Folha de S.Paulo. Retrieved 6 April 2013.

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Maria Felipa de Oliveira

Maria Felipa de Oliveira (died July 4, 1873) was one of three women who participated in the struggle for Bahia's independence in 1823. Born on Itaparica Island, date unknown, Maria Felipa used to sell seafood. She led a group of 200 people, including black women and people from the indigenous populations of Tupinambás and Tapuias in the battles against the Portuguese who attacked the Itaparica Island in 1822.Historian Ubaldo Osório Pimentel, maternal grandfather of the writer João Ubaldo Ribeiro, verified through public documents on records that a group of people, mostly women, led by Maria Felipa defended the coast of Itaparica Island against Portuguese repression. In his book A Ilha de Itaparica, published in 1942, historian Ubaldo Osório Pimentel cites the historical figure of Maria Felipa, which is also mentioned in the historical novel O Sargento Pedro [Sergeant Peter], by Xavier Marques.

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Ubaldo is a masculine Italian and Spanish given name. Notable people with the name include:

Ubald of Gubbio (Ubaldo Baldassini) (ca. 1084–1160), Italian bishop and Catholic saint

Guido Ubaldo Abbatini (1600–1656), Italian painter of the Baroque period

Ubaldo Aquino (born 1958), football (soccer) referee from Paraguay

Ubaldo Bellugi (1899–1992), Italian poet, writer and playwright and Podestà of Massa

Ubaldo Buttafava (died 2007), Italian communist politician

Ubaldo Caccianemici (died 1171), Italian cardinal and cardinal-nephew of Pope Lucius II

Ubaldo Fillol (born 1950), Argentine football coach and former goalkeeper

Ubaldo Gandolfi (1728–1781), Italian painter of the late-Baroque period

Ubaldo Giraldi (1692–1775), Italian canonist

Ubaldo Heredia (born 1956), former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher

Ubaldo I Visconti (died 1230), the de jure overlord of the Giudicato of Cagliari from 1217

Ubaldo Jiménez (born 1984), Major League Baseball starting pitcher

Ubaldo Mesa (1973–2005), male professional road cyclist from Colombia

Ubaldo Nestor Sacco (1955–1997), Argentine boxer

Ubaldo of Gallura, the Judge of Gallura from 1225 to his death in 1238

Ubaldo Passalacqua (born 1918), Italian professional football player

Ubaldo Ranzi, Italian bobsledder who competed in the late 1990s and the early 2000s

João Ubaldo Ribeiro (born 1941), Brazilian author born in Itaparica, Bahia

Ubaldo Ricci, Italian painter of the late-Baroque who practised in Italy in the 18th century

Ubaldo Righetti (born 1963), retired Italian professional football player

Ubaldo Soddu (1883–1949), Italian military officer, commanded the Italian Forces in the Greco-Italian War for a month

Ubaldo Terzano, Italian cinematographer and camera operator, with numerous collaborations with Mario Ubaldo

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