• Henrik Brandão Jönsson

    henrik brandão jönsson is a Swedish journalist and writer, born in Malmö, 1969.

    He is educated at the University College of Journalism, Skurup, and has been working for leading media in Sweden, such as the daily Expressen in Stockholm and Swedish National Radio, Sveriges Radio.

    Brandão Jönsson started his international career in Portugal, working as Press Officer for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Swedish Pavilion at the World Exhibition in Lisbon, 1998. Since then he has been focusing his journalism on Portuguese speaking countries.

    In 2002 he moved to Rio de Janeiro and became correspondent of Brazil and Latin America for the Swedish daily paper Sydsvenskan.

    In 2004 he wrote the booklet 'Is Brazil becoming a Player on World Stage?' for the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

    In 2007 his reportage "The Air Duell", published by the monthly magazine Offside, got prized as "Reportage of the Month" by the weekly media magazine Resumé.

    In 2010 he published his first book, Fantasy Island – a reportage from the heart of Brazil. The book received outstanding reviews.

    Since October 2013 he is now Brazil correspondent to Dagens Nyheter - Sweden's biggest newspaper.

  • The Grass Is Always Greener in Brazil

    With five world titles and an unbroken string of big stars who dribbled their way through the decades, Brazil is football's given superpower.

    Ahead of the 2014 World Cup, Rio’s correspondent Henrik Brandão Jönsson traveled around the giant nation to come close to the main football profiles.

    The result is chapters like:

    Pele and Neymar – Brazil's past and future

    The football commentator who eclipses the players

    Romário – The killer who has become top politician

    Brazil's most denigrated footballers

    The Amazonas football queens

    The Grass Is Always Greener in Brazil depicts the Brazilian football history from Charles Miller, who landed in Santos with Brazil's first leather ball for more than a century ago, to today's gem Neymar. But it is also a book about the breathtaking contrasts in the country of football, Brazil.

    Brandão Jönsson writes in world class! 

    The Grass Is Always Greener in Brazil is also in an international comparison quite an extraordinary book about football and society. The author plays definitely in the same league as giants like Simon Kuper, Franklin Foer and Erik Niva. In the tournament’s "World Cup-Literature  2014" Henrik Brandão Jönsson’s work has already made it to the semi-finals!

    • Original Title |
      Gräset är alltid grönare i Brasilien
    • Pages |
      240
    • Publishing Year |
      2013
    • Available Material |
      English Manuscript, Chapter Summary, Reviews
    • Rights Sold |
      HOL | DEN | UK (EWR)
  • Fantasy Island – A Reportage from the Heart of Brazil

    This is a fantastic tour through the heart and soul of Brazil, not only geographically speaking but, above of all, it gives you a very realistic and close picture of real life in Brasilia, which despite its beauty has the same problems as the rest of Brazil, a country which has one of the world's most unequal distributions of wealth and enormous social gaps.

    The book is amazingly interesting to the public in general thanks to the way facts are brought to us. The author has managed to tell us the story of the city and to describe the way things work around there in a quite relaxed and entertaining way without ever jeopardizing the accuracy on facts that's expected from a reportage book.

    Through the most unexpected encounters the reader is brought to environments of various social character and is given insight in the lives of a well chosen number of personalities whose lives illustrate the various realities of Brasilia:

    We get to know the rich family and their housekeeper but we also get to know the housekeeper's family, life and neighborhood in a brutal switch of environments 30 minutes away with the bus.

    We get to know the butcher who taught himself to read, became successful in his business and started a project to enhance literacy.

    We get to know a judge that has decided to make a contribution in order to diminish corruption and a world-known healer that owns half a city in a province not so far away from Brasília.

    We even get to know the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer through an interview directly from his 100th birthday party.

    • Original Title |
      Fantasiön – ett reportage från Brasiliens hjärta
    • Pages |
      335
    • Publishing Year |
      2010
    • Available Material |
      English Manuscript, Reviews
    • Rights Sold |
      CAN | USA
  • Where the Sin Never Sets – Around the World in Portuguese

    With the starting point in the Seven Deadly Sins, Henrik Brandão Jönsson recounts the unlikely tale of how one of Europe’s poorest countries once was one of the world’s most powerful nations. 

    The legacy of the global imperium has made Portuguese the world’s third largest European language. Far more people have Portuguese as their mother tongue than French, German, or Italian. Yet, the Portuguese-speaking world rarely receives any attention. Why don’t we hear more about the world’s seventh largest language - spoken by a quarter of a billion people - on four of the world’s five continents?

    The former Portuguese colonies are now functioning as the counterpoints to their neighbouring countries, where sex, alcohol, and gambling thrives. In most cases, the sin was so obvious that it became possible to divide the Portuguese-speaking world by 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 pride thrived, and in sexy Mozambique lust prevailed. In the temperamental Angola wrath was growing, and in exuberant Brazil sloth had spread. All while mother Portugal felt envy towards what she had created abroad but had failed to accomplish at home.

    "Henrik Brandão Jönsson’s book about Portugal’s bloody colonial history is full of hedonism (…) Brandão Jönsson’s book actually lands in the midst of the Black Lives Matter-movement that has become global, even though it was written before George Floyd was murdered,”

    Göran Greider, DN Kultur.

    “Brandão Jönsson splurges on unexpected information, writes easily and personally, and it flies by. It feels like Around the World in 80 Days.”

    The Swedish Academy member Per Wästberg

    • Original Title |
      Där solen aldrig går ned - hur världens mest sorgsna land gjorde världen syndigare
    • Pages |
      282
    • Publishing Year |
      2020
    • Available Material |
      English Sample, Chapter Summary
    • Rights Sold |
      SWE | POR
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