Other literary forms
Although known primarily for his long fiction, the prolific Jorge Amado (uh-MAH-doo) also wrote much nonfiction, including works of journalism and several books. His nonfiction indicates his interests even more obviously than does his fiction, as the translations of the following titles show: Guia das ruas e dos misterios da cidade do Salvador (1945; guide to the streets and mysteries of Salvador), Homens e coisas do Partido Comunista (1946; men and facts of the Communist Party), União Soviética e democracias populares (1951; the Soviet Union and popular democracies), and Bahia boa terra Bahia (1967; Bahia, sweet land Bahia). Also pertinent here are two biographies of Brazilians, ABC de Castro Alves (1941), about a Romantic nineteenth century abolitionist poet known as the poet of the slaves, and Vida de Luíz Carlos Prestes (1942), featuring a twentieth century revolutionary and Marxist hero. Amado’s efforts in other genres include a collection of prose poems, A estrada do mar (1938); a play, O amor de Castro Alves (pb. 1947; also known as O amor do soldado); and various film scenarios.