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Biography

Brazilian writer Natália Nami published her first book, O pudim de Albertina (7Letras), with nineteen multiple-themed short stories, in 2008, the same year in which she was a finalist in O Globo newspaper’s short story contest with “A colombina”. Her first novel, O contorno do sol (Rocco), was launched in the following year and in 2010 Natália took part in the anthology Escritores Escritos (Flâneur) with a short story called “Tarde de pedra”, a tribute to Emily Dickinson. In 2011 “Princesinha do mar” was finalist in SESC’s Machado de Assis Short Story Award. In 2013 her short story “Rosa de outro tom” (“Another shade of pink”) was translated into English in a pilot project at PUC-Rio’s Literary Translation Workshops. Natália’s second novel, A menina de véu (Rocco), was published in 2014.

In her academic studies, Natália chose to analyse the works of Lygia Fagundes Telles, for whom she has deep appreciation. In 2007 she carried out a comparative analysis of two of Lygia’s short stories, “As cerejas” and “Herbarium”, as the final paper in her postgraduate course on Portuguese language and Brazilian literature at Severino Sombra University (Vassouras, Rio de Janeiro). Her studies of the lygian short story continued and she proceeded to present, in 2011, “A palavra-bolha”, her Master’s dissertation on literary theory and comparative literature at Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ).

Having studied both in Brazil and in Cambridge, England, Natália is a translator and teaches English as a foreign language. She is also a songwriter, and her music is played on radio in Brazil (on local stations such as Costa Verde FM and Sul Fluminense FM) and in Venezuela.

Natália Nami was born and lives in Barra do Piraí, in Rio de Janeiro’s Coffee Valley.