Padma Viswanathan is the author of The Toss of a Lemon (2008), The Ever After of Ashwin Rao (2014) and Like Every Form of Love: A Memoir of Friendship and True Crime (2023). 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. Her 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 teaches in the Programs in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas.
São Bernardo Translated by Padma Viswanathan