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Jorge Amado

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Jorge Amado—novelist, journalist, lawyer—was born in 1912, the son of a cacao planter, in Ilheus, south of Salvador, the provincial capital of Gabriela, clavo y canela. His first novel, Cacao, was published when he was nineteen. It was an impassioned plea for social justice for the workers on Bahian cacao plantations; and his novels of the thirties and forties would continue to dramatize class struggle. Not until the 1950s did he write his great literary comic
novels—Gabriela, clavo y canela and Doña Flor y sus dos maridos—which take aim at the full spectrum of society even as they pay ebullient tribute to... Read More

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Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands

Written by Jorge Amado


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $15.95

It surprises no one that the charming but wayward Vadinho dos Guimaraes–a gambler notorious for never winning—dies during Carnival. His long suffering widow Dona Flor devotes herself to her cooking school and her friends, who urge her to remarry. She is soon drawn to a kind pharmacist who is everything Vadinho... Read more >

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Doņa Flor y sus dos maridos

Written by Jorge Amado


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: June 10, 2008
Price: $14.95

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Gabriela, clavo y canela

Written by Jorge Amado


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: June 10, 2008
Price: $16.00

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Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon

Written by Jorge Amado


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $16.00

Ilhéus in 1925 is a booming town with a record cacao crop and aspirations for progress, but the traditional ways prevail. When Colonel Mendonça discovers his wife in bed with a lover, he shoots and kills them both. Political contests, too, can be settled by gunshot...

No one imagines that a bedraggled... Read more >

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Los pastores de la noche

Written by Jorge Amado


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $16.00

¿Quién cuida las noches de Bahía para que la ciudad no pierda su curso?

“Apacentábamos la noche como si fuese un rebaño de muchachas, y la conducíamos a los puertos de la aurora con nuestros cayados de aguardiente, nuestros toscos bastones de carcajadas”. Así empieza Los pastores de la noche, un libro... Read more >

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Showdown

Written by Jorge Amado


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 1, 1989
Price: $23.00

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The War of the Saints

Written by Jorge Amado


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: February 1, 1995
Price: $15.95

With The War Of The Saints, author Jorge Amado has created an exuberant tale set among the flashing rhythms, intoxicating smells, and bewitching colors of the carnival. The holy icon of Saint Barbara of the Thunder is bound for the city of Bahia for an exhibition of holy art. As the... Read more >
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