August Willemsen

August Willemsen (1936-2007) was a leading literary translator and man of letters. Among the major Portuguese and Brazilian writers he translated are Fernando Pessoa, Machado de Assis and Carlos Drummond de Andrade; he also published essays, diaries and letters.


His books include Language as a Pair of Spectacles, 1987, Friends, Strangers and Women, 1998, and The Divine Canary, 2007, a socio-cultural sketch of Brazil in the light of its love of football.

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