Padma Viswanathan is the author of two novels: The Toss of a Lemon (2008) and The Ever After of Ashwin Rao (2014). Her short fiction, personal essays, critical writing have been published in Granta, The Boston Review, and elsewhere; her short translations appear in BRICK, Asymptote and other journals of note. Viswanathan’s translation of São Bernardo, by the Brazilian novelist Graciliano Ramos, was published in May 2020 by the New York Review Books, shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize and runner-up for the TA First Translation Prize. Brazilian critic Miguel Conde said, “Viswanathan has a brilliant ear for irony and double-entendres. This attention to nuance not only attests to a careful and perceptive reading of São Bernardo, but is also an illuminating interpretation of the novel in its own right.” Viswanathan lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she teaches in the Programs in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas.
São Bernardo Translated by Padma Viswanathan