Ruy Castro talks with Ricardo Araújo Pereira

The Art of Biography

In this witty conversation with Ricardo Araújo Pereira, the Brazilian writer reveals several anecdotes about Nelson Rodrigues, Garrincha and Carmen Miranda, the subjects of some of his biographical works. He also talks about himself and the process of writing a biography.
26 Apr 2024 72 min
The Art of Biography

Ruy Castro is one of the speakers invited to debate ‘the art of biography’ in an international conference dedicated to this form of writing. He is the author of more than 50 titles, among which are several biographies, such as O anjo pornográfico (1992) about writer Nelson Rodrigues, Estrela solitária (1995) about football player Garrincha, and Carmen – Uma biografia (2005) about singer Carmen Miranda; as well as historical reconstitution books, such as Chega de Saudade (1990), A noite do meu bem (2015) and Metrópole à beira-mar (2019).

Ruy Castro won the Jabuti Literature Prize seven times. In 2022 he was elected to the Brazilian Academy of Letters, from which he also received the Machado de Assis Prize, for his lifetime of work.


The Art of Biography

A biography. Is it true? Is it fair? After all, what are life accounts for? A series of conversations with national and international authors about this artform.

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