Jorge Amado is the greatest novelist in Brazil.
His works convey the essence and colour of Bahia, with a profound
knowledge of the Brazilian soul. Besides Tieta do Agreste,
he has created a number of powerful female characters such as
Gabriela and Dona Flor, the adaptations of which brought Sonia
Braga her first success.
Tieta do Agreste
displays his close awareness of the reality of the Bahian interior:
people struggling to survive, defending or resisting prejudices
while struggling to attain meagre ambitions. The book builds a
vivid picture of the provincial conflicts which precede the arrival
of signs of progress and its consequences.
Jorge Amado gave his full blessing to the
enterprise, even appearing at the beginning of the film reading
the book's first paragraph and at the end his voice returns to
read the last line. He left director Diegues completely free to
adapt the novel as he saw fit, saying "You didn't interfere
in my book and I won't interfere in your film."
The most translated contemporary Brazilian
author, the list of Jorge Amado's books adapted for the cinema,
TV and theatre is long, including Tenda dos Milagres, Jubiaba,
Dona Flor e seus dois maridos and Gabriela.