The literary online magazine Machado de Assis was launched last year at the Frankfurt Book Fair, in view of Brazil’s participation as guest of honor this year, with the goal of helping Brazilian authors and publishers surpass the language barrier — a big impediment of Brazilian literature internationalization. The magazine presents translated excerpts of books by Brazilian authors in English, Spanish and German and has accumulated since its first edition over 75,700 page views (website and blog views). In total there were over 31,700 visitors and 2,444 PDF downloads. Machado’s second edition included Brazilian contemporary poetry, and is available for download.
Now, in preparation for the 2014 Bologna Children Book Fair, where Brazil will be guest of honor, the magazine’s third edition will be dedicated to children’s literature. Last week the National Library Foundation announced the authors selected for the magazine’s third edition, which will be launched at the end of March in Bologna. The list includes renowned authors Ana Maria Machado, Cecília Meireles and Stella Maris Rezende, new talents and Brazilian illustrators.