Evaristo de Miranda

Evaristo de Miranda


Evaristo de Miranda was born in São Paulo in 1952. He degreed in Agronomy and obtained his Ph.D. certificate in Ecology by the University of Montpellier. Member of several scientific societies, he participated in Rio-92, the World Conference of Environment, as an UN consultant.

He has written more than a hundred scientific articles published in Brazil and abroad, is the author of more than 30 books and regularly writes for magazines and newspapers as National Geographic, ECO 21, O Estado de S. Paulo, among others.


Composed by stories and adventures lived by a young Brazilian agronomist in the Niger, Africa, by the end of the seventies, this book narrates three years of experiences among the ethnicities of Hausa, Tuareg and Peul. As the author was an exile in France, having escaped the military regime in Brazil, his purpose was a research commissioned by a French scientific institution to study the vegetation, agriculture and culture of the region, in the southern frontier of the Sahara.

In this period, he lived in small villages with peasants and blacksmiths, wandered with nomad shepherds from Sahel and Sahara, and shared the day by day life of the people, with their challenges and extraordinary happenings.

He had access to secrets, rites, knowledge and mysteries of different ethnic traditions. Having promised to keep a 30-year secret of several of his experiences, he waited for time to pass by and allow him to speak and tell these marvelous stories, his voice multiplied by the narrative of Magami and the Armless Wife.

Publication/Status: by Record (Brazil) in 2015.

French sample translation.