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Ferreira de Castro

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José Maria Ferreira de Castro (May 24, 1898 in Oliveira de Azeméis – June 29, 1974 in Oporto) was a Portuguese writer and journalist.

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Photograph from c.1933


At the age of 12 in 1911, he emigrated to Belém in Brazil, where his work at a rubber plantation for the next four years would be the inspiration for his most famous book, A Selva (1930). [1], which was adapted for a 2002 film of the same title (released in English as The Forest).

He returned to Portugal in 1919, and started working as a journalist. He was a noted opponent of António de Oliveira Salazar, the Portuguese Prime Minister under the authoritarian Estado Novo regime.

He was also famous for his travel literature, namely his book A Volta ao Mundo, recounting his travels around the world in the outset of World War II.


  1. ^ Revista 25 de Abril n.º 12 (1976). A Emigração na Literatura Portuguesa. Secretaria de Estado da Emigração.

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