I’m a Swedish journalist and writer, working as a correspondent in Latin America for Dagens Nyheter – Sweden’s and Scandinavia’s largest newspaper. I have lived in Rio de Janeiro since 2002 and have written several books about Brazil. My debut book, Fantasy Island – Brave New Heart of Brazil, documents how it was possible to build the most highly planned capital in the world. Nowhere is the story of modern Brazil as clear to us as in Brasília. My follow-up, Jogo Bonito: Pelé, Neymar and Brazil’s Beautiful Game, was published by Random House and takes the reader on a journey through the Wild West of Brazilian football. Jogo Bonito – meaning ‘the beautiful game’ – is a history, a travelogue and a gonzo-style report on how Brazil has used football to create a national identity. The Guardian wrote that Jogo Bonito is Distinguished by its entertaining originality and The Times wrote that this book is a joy, dancing around erratically between the best and the worst of Brazil.
I have won the Swedish television award for ‘Best Investigative Program’ and was nominated for the Swedish Grand Journalism Award for the documentary A Royal Nazi Secret, about the father of Queen Silvia of Sweden. The documentary was also awarded a gold medal in the History & Society category at the New York Festival’s International Television & Film Awards.
In the last years, I have dedicated an extensive work to portray the Portuguese-speaking world. The most curious thing about my world trip was that I discovered a new plot – which was outside the language – and which connected the Lusophone countries. In every country or region that was once conquered by the Portuguese I found a counterpoint to the conservative environment around them. The former Portuguese colonies were literally escape valves for their neighboring countries – where sex, alcohol and gambling flourished. In most cases the sin was so obvious that it was possible to divide the Lusophone vices according to the seven deadly sins.
In Goa drugs and gluttony had a foothold. In Macau the money and the greed had taken over. In the paradise island of Timor-Leste vanity thrived and in sexy Mozambique lust prevailed. In the temperamental Angola wrath was growing and in exuberant Brazil sloth had spread. At the same time mother Portugal felt envy towards what she had created abroad, but didn’t have at home.
The book will be published in Sweden on the 31 of July by Natur & Kultur, Sweden’s third biggest publishing company. The title is Where the Sin Never Sets – Around the World in Portuguese.