Adriana Lisboa (Rio de Janeiro, 1970) is a Brazilian writer. She is the author of six novels, and has also published poetry, short stories and books for children. Her second novel, Symphony in White, won the José Saramago Prize of Literature. Her stories and poems have appeared in Granta, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Brooklyn Rail, Litro Magazine, The Missing Slate, and others.
Lisboa graduated from the Federal State University of Rio de Janeiro (Unirio) with a BFA degree in Music, and has a MFA in Brazilian Literature, as well as a PhD in Comparative Literature from Rio de Janeiro State University (Uerj). She was a visiting scholar at the International Research Center for Japanese Studiesin Kyoto, at the University of New Mexico and at the University of Texas, Austin. In 2014 she was the Distinguished Visiting Brazilian Writer at the University of California, Berkeley.
Lisboa previously worked as a musician and a translator. She started to make a living performing at eighteen as a Brazilian Jazz singer in France, and afterwards was a flautist and music teacher in Brazil. She translated into Portuguese the fiction, poetry and nonfiction of such authors as Cormac McCarthy, Jonathan Safran Foer, Stefan Zweig,Margaret Atwood, Maurice Blanchot, and Robert Louis Stevenson, among others.
Lisboa is a practicing Zen-Buddhist. She has been a vegan for many years, and an animal rights advocate. Since 2007, she resides with her family near Boulder, Colorado.
- Crow Blue (Bloomsbury. Translated by Alison Entrekin, 2013). Original title: Azul corvo, 2010.
- Hut of Fallen Persimmons (Texas Tech University Press. Translated by Sarah Green, 2011). Original title: Rakushisha, 2007.
- Symphony in White (Texas Tech University Press. Translated by Sarah Green, 2010). Original title: Sinfonia em branco, 2001.
- Parte da paisagem (Iluminuras, 2014). Poems from this book appeared in “Modern Poetry in Translation: Twisted Angels”, 2014
- Caligrafias (2004). Stories from this book appeared in Brazil: A Traveler’s Literary Companion (Whereabouts Press), Litro magazine #114 and BrooklynRail.com.
Awards and Recognitions
- 2003 José Saramago Prize for Symphony in White (Portugal)
- 2007 Hay Festival/Bogota World Book Capital – selected as one of the 39 most distinguished Latin American writers under the age of 39
- 2009 Grand prix des lectrices de Elle – Shortlisted in the Best Novel category for Des roses rouge vif/Sinfonia em branco (France)
- 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Awards – Shortlisted in the translated fiction category for Symphony in White – translated by Sarah Green (USA)
- 2011 São Paulo Prize for Literature — Shortlisted in the Best Book of the Year category for Azul-corvo (Brazil)
- 2014 São Paulo Prize for Literature — Shortlisted in the Best Book of the Year category for Hanói