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Lygia Bojunga (often known with the addition of Nunes, her pen name) (born August 26, 1932 in Pelotas) is a Brazilian author of children's books. She worked of TV and radio until her first book was published in 1972. A major element of her books is the usage of the child's point of view.

Lygia Bojunga is part of the tradition of magical realism and fantasy-filled storytelling of South America, a tradition she has developed and perfected. In her word of mouth-style narratives, characterised by a strongly dramatic presence, anything can happen. In a deeply original way she fuses playfulness, poetic beauty and absurd humour with social critique, a love of freedom and a strong empathy with the vulnerable child. Fantasy often functions as a way of dealing with distressing personal experiences, or as an escape from harsh reality. Bojunga enables the reader to enter directly into the dreams of her principal characters and to share in their experiences.

Having begun her career as an actress (she has also written a number of plays), she published her first children's book, Os Colegas, in 1972 (The Companions, 1989). Here, as in Angélica (1975), the main characters are animals endowed with human characteristics, a device that highlights the comic elements in the narrative. These early works already reveal a psychological focus: Angélica is about a pig that wants to be a swallow, but gradually learns to accept its own identity. A Bolsa Amarela (1976), highlights a similar theme, this time with a young girl in the leading role, whereas A Casa da Madrinha (1978) presents the utopian dreams and fantasies of an abandoned street child. Two of her books deal with mourning and grief: her masterpiece, Corda Bamba (1979), is about a young girl who manages to come to terms with the death of her parents through her fantasies, and in O Meu Amigo Pintor, 1987 (My Friend the Painter, 1991), a young boy reflects on the inexplicable suicide of an adult friend.

In books such as Seis Vezes Lucas (1995), Bojunga writes in an altogether more realistic style. In her latest work, Retratos de Carolina (2002), her continual experimentation as a writer has led her in a new direction: she allows us to follow the main character from childhood through to adulthood in a narrative partly written in the form of a meta-novel. Bojunga uses this device to extend the boundaries of literature for children and young people in an attempt, as she herself puts it, to make room both for herself and the characters she has created in one single house, "a house of my own invention".

Bojunga's work has been translated into a number of languages including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, Bulgarian, Czech and Hebrew. She has won a number of awards, including the Jabuti Award (1973), the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award (1982), and the Rattenfänger Literaturpreis (1986). Winner of The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2004.

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Total Books: 21
Zapatos de tacon/ Heeled Shoes
2008 - Zapatos De Tacon/ Heeled Shoes [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788467526677
ISBN-10: 846752667X
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
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La fille du cirque
1999 - La Fille Du Cirque (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9782081644021
ISBN-10: 2081644029
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My Friend the Painter
1995 - My Friend the Painter (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780152008727
ISBN-10: 0152008721
Genre: Children's Books
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Mi Amigo el Pintor
1989 - Mi Amigo El Pintor (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789580408086
ISBN-10: 9580408084
Genre: Children's Books
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El Bolso Amarillo [Espasa Juvenil - Spanish Edition] (Other)
Bolso Amarillo/Yellow Bag
Bolso Amarillo/yellow Bag [Spanish Edition] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780833573162
ISBN-10: 0833573160
Genre: Children's Books
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LA Cuerda Floja
La Cuerda Floja [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788420431222
ISBN-10: 8420431222
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
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LA Casa De LA Madrina
La Casa De La Madrina (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788420436104
ISBN-10: 8420436100
Genre: Nonfiction
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El Bolso Amarillo  The Yellow Bag
El Bolso Amarillo the Yellow Bag [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788423927135
ISBN-10: 842392713X
Genre: Children's Books
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El Sofa Estampado
El Sofa Estampado (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788423927487
ISBN-10: 8423927482
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El Bolso Amarillo/the Yellow Bag
El Bolso Amarillo/the Yellow Bag (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788439508236
ISBN-10: 8439508239
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Livro Um encontro com Lygia Bojunga Nunes
Livro Um Encontro Com Lygia Bojunga Nunes [Portuguese Edition] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788522002467
ISBN-10: 8522002460
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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