Lobato’s foretelling book – The Black President

I was listening to my daily dose (podcast) of educational talks by Alan Watt, a lifelong researcher on socio-economic topics. During the phone-in session, a man living in South America called in to recommend a book written by Monteiro Lobato in 1926, called “O Presidente Negro”, which predicts the election of a black president as the 88th president…interestingly enough Obama will be the 44th. At GlobalVoices, a conversation has been taking place on this particular topic (the conversation happens within the article, where many different opinions are brought together).  

Global Voices

“The sweeping Obama phenomenon has caught Brazil, and it comes as no surprise in the country with the world’s largest population of African descendants. Blogs are commenting on all things Obama, from his stand on ethanol to the ‘rumors‘ of his appraisal of Brazil’s free software policies. An especially notable thread is the one reporting on the resurgence of a weirdly interesting 1928 Brazilian sci-fi novel — ‘The Black President’ — that predicted a US election matching a black, a feminist, and a conservative candidate in the then remote year of 2228.

The author, Monteiro Lobato, is very famous in Brazil for his tales for children and teens. The set of books ‘Yellow Woodpecker Ranch‘ was turned into popular TV series that reigned supreme on Brazilian tubes through 5 different remakes — the first in 1952, and most recently in 2001. But, in this case, the book is an obscure and rare incursion of Lobato into adult science fiction. The resurgence of interest in it now is totally connected with what stands out as an incredible intuitive guesswork on what has come to be our present situation, but 80 years ago (!) almost unimaginable.

The huge coincidence with the US elections was enough to turn “The Black President” into ‘cult’ reading, although some other of Lobato’s predictions, such as his description of the Internet, have also attracted the attention of commenters. The contorted political psychology of the triangle that binds the white male, the feminist, and the black candidate is also apparent.”

The rest is here!

5 thoughts on “Lobato’s foretelling book – The Black President

  1. Thanks for posting this. A Brazilian friend mentioned this book to me this past summer and I got back to the US not remembering the title. Pretty interesting phenomenon….

  2. I just head about Lobato’s prediction from a friend in Ghana /West Africa;
    and I’m amaze at the fact that this was predicted so long ago;
    I think this goes to show that there are some things that in spite of the advancements of science there is still no explanation.This will be an interesting reading.I’d like a copy if it’s in English.

  3. Sci-fi in the Fashion of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne
    Written in 1926 by the famous Brazilian writer Monteiro Lobato – A black man running for the presidency of the US against a feminist woman in the year 2228.

    PR Log (Press Release) – Jan 07, 2010 – Thaïs Lips Zenthon, http://www.translationsdecoder.com, has just signed a contract for translation into English and copyrights of “The Black President” in the US market.
    This novel is not a hymn for the sake of racial purity, but a metaphor of segregation and acculturation, a story that tells how the black community is driven to assuming the ethnical values of the whites.

    More about the book can be read at its blog http://lobatoblackpresident.blogspot.com/2010/01/sci-fi- … and at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Presidente_Negro.

    Thaïs Zenthon is looking for the best publisher to release what can already be considered a best-seller.

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