The award-winning author Luiz Ruffato has been credited with no less a feat than revitalizing Brazilian literature. Ruffato made his literary debut in 1998 with Histórias de remorsos e rancores. His first novel Eles eram muitos cavalos, published in 2001, examined daily life in São Paulo and received the Prêmio Machado de Assis and the Prêmio Associação Paulista de Críticos de Arte.
Currently, Ruffato is working on a five volume cycle titled Inferno provisorio that documents the industrialization of Brazil beginning in the 1950s and serving as the Distinguished Brazilian Writer in Residence at UC Berkeley.
Co-sponsored with the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.