23. ilb 06. – 16.09.2023

Marina Colasanti

Marina Colasanti was born in Asmara, Eritrea, when it was an Italian colony. She went to Italy during the Second World War, then to Brazil in 1948. Colasanti began studying art at the National School of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro in 1952. After several exhibitions she began to concentrate on her career as a journalist. By 1973 she had worked for the children’s supplement of the ‘Jornal do Brasil’ known as ‘Caderno B’. It was about then that her first literary works ‘Eu Sozinha'(1968) and ‘Nada na Manga'(1975) were published.  Beginning in 1977 for a period of 18 years, she worked as a journalist for the women’s journal ‘Nova’ as well as writing for other journals and for television. ‘Uma Idéia Toda Azul'(1979) (‘An Idea All In Blue’) was her published venture into literature for children. Colasanti drew her own illustrations for several of her children’s books.

A major part of her work focuses on the role of women in modern society. Her main female figures reflect conventional value systems and deal with conventional rules that merely feign to promise women shelter. In the quest to find their own identity, her female characters are confronted with new experiences and removed from the traditional understanding of their roles.

Colasanti was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Prize in 1994. She is married to the poet Affonso Romano de Sant’ Anna, has two daughters and lives in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro.

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Eu Sozinha
Gráfica Record Brasileira
Rio de Janeiro, 1968

Nada na Manga
Editora Nova Frontiera
Rio de Janeiro, 1975

Uma Idéia Toda Azul
Editora Nórdica
Rio de Janeiro, 1979

Ana Z, Aonde vai Você?
Editora Ática
São Paulo, 1993

Eu sei, mas não devia
Rio de Janeiro, 1996

O leopardo é um animal delicato
Rio de Janeiro, 1998

Um Espino de Marfim – e outra histórias
L & PM
Porto Alegre, 1999

Esse amor de todos nós
Editora Rocco
Rio de Janeiro, 2000

Fragatas para terras distantes
Editora Record
Rio de Janeiro, 2004

Fino sangue
Editora Record
Rio de Janeiro, 2005

Übersetzer: Mechthild Blumberg