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Best Books About Brasil

Dive into the vibrant culture, history, and spirit of Brasil with these top-rated books, celebrated on numerous popular book blogs and ranked based on their frequent appearances across various articles.

Recommendations from 16 articles, Simon Sebag Montefiore.
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Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon
Jorge Amado - 1990-03-01 (first published in 1958)
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A tale of traditional ways and progress in 1920s Ilhéus, Brazil, where political contests and marital affairs are resolved through gunshots. The unexpected arrival of Gabriela, a migrant worker with a talent for cooking and an enchanting beauty, becomes an agent of change in the town's small-minded ways. Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon is a lusty, satirical, and wildly entertaining portrayal of small town Brazilian life.
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Futebol Nation
A Footballing History of Brazil by David Goldblatt (2014-05-01)
David Goldblatt - 2014-05-13
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Experience the story of Brazil through its national obsession - soccer. Futebol Nation delves into the rich history of Brazilian soccer, highlighting its ability to represent the country's ethnic diversity, cultural music, and dance. From Pelé to Ronaldhino, discover the magical players who have led Brazil to win the World Cup five times. But, there's another side to the Beautiful Game in Brazil that reflects the harsh realities of violent sociological issues and corruption within the nation. David Goldblatt explores the ongoing struggles and triumphs within Brazilian soccer and society, highlighting both its brilliance and miseries.
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Captains of the Sands
Jorge Amado - 1988-01-01 (first published in 1937)
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A group of orphans and runaways call themselves the "Captains of the Sands" and live by their wits in the slums of Bahia, Brazil. Led by 15-year-old "Bullet," they pull off heists against the wealthy until a public outcry demands their capture. This poignant drama captures the vivid emotions, culture, and landscape of Bahia with brilliant authenticity.
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Dom Casmurro
Machado de Assis de Assis - 2005-02-04 (first published in 1899)
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This classic novel, now reprinted in high-quality, is a must-read for lovers of historical literature. With a focus on preserving works by historical writers and scientists, this book is a valuable addition to any collection. Available for the first time in years, don't miss your chance to experience this piece of literary history.
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Epitaph of a Small Winner
A Novel (FSG Classics)
Machado de Assis - 2005-01-31 (first published in 1881)
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Explore the fascinating afterlife memoirs of Braz Cubas, a wealthy Brazilian from the 19th century, examining his life in 160 insightful and philosophical chapters filled with wit and exuberance. This critically acclaimed work, a clear forerunner to Gabriel García Márquez and Jorge Luis Borges, boasts a legacy as "one of the masterpieces of Brazilian literature" according to Salman Rushdie.
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The War of the End of the World
A Novel
Mario Vargas Llosa - 1986-01-01 (first published in 1981)
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Discover a fable of Latin American revolutionary history in this tragic and ambitious novel. Set in 19th-century Brazil, the story takes place in Canudos, a cauldron of revolutionary spirit and potential for a true libertarian paradise. But the Brazilian government is determined to crush it at any cost, leading to a massive and cataclysmic battle between society and government troops. This unforgettable tale of passion, violence, and devastation sheds light on the consequences of fanaticism.
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Complete Stories
Clarice Lispector - 2015-08-04
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A collection of 89 stories that take readers through the lives of a diverse group of characters, including teenagers discovering their powers, housewives experiencing unexpected epiphanies, and old people struggling to find their place. These stories showcase the talent of Clarice Lispector, a Brazilian legend, and cover her entire career from her teenage years to the end of her life. This book is a must-read for anyone who loves powerful and thought-provoking stories.
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The Canudos Campaign (Penguin Classics)
Euclides da Cunha - 1957-09-15 (first published in 1902)
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This Brazilian classic, translated for the first time in years, gives an intimate and moving portrayal of the devastating War of Canudos. Set in the marginalized northeastern state of Bahia, the story explores the intricate complexities of Brazilian society through the eyes of a former army lieutenant, civil engineer, and journalist. Beautifully written and historically significant, this work is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand Brazil's past and present.
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Dancing with the Devil in the City of God
Rio de Janeiro and the Olympic Dream
Juliana Barbassa - 2015-07-28
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A compelling insider account of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's seductive and chaotic city on the brink of the 2016 Olympic Games. Juliana Barbassa, a Brazilian native and award-winning journalist, returned home to find the city undergoing major changes while still struggling with poverty and corruption. Through personal interviews and historical context, Barbassa presents a kaleidoscopic portrait of the city's extremes, aspirations, and its future. Dancing with the Devil in the City of God is a fascinating and informative read that offers an insider's perspective on one of the world's most impressive cities.
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State of Wonder
A Novel
Ann Patchett - 2011-06-07
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Embark on an odyssey through the insect-infested Amazon with Dr. Marina Singh, as she sets off to find her former mentor who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug. This lush but forbidding jungle will force her to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice, as she journeys deep into the heart of darkness.
The Slum by Alu¿sio Azevedo
With My Dog Eyes by Hilda Hilst
A Death in Brazil by Peter Robb
Brazil on the Rise by Larry Rohter
The House in Smyrna by Tatiana Salem Levy
I Didn't Talk by Beatriz Bracher
Macunaíma by Mário de Andrade
Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey
Child of the Dark by And Robert M. Levine David St. Clair Carolina Maria de Jesus
Barren Lives by Graciliano Ramos
Brazil by Lilia M. Schwarcz
The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector
1808 by Laurentino Gomes
Tristes Tropiques by Claude Levi-Strauss
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado
City of God by Paulo Lins
The Three Marias by Rachel de Queiroz
Two Brothers by Gabriel Bá
Symphony in White by Adriana Lisboa
The End by Fernanda Torres
Spilt Milk by Chico Buarque
My German Brother by Chico Buarque
The Silence of the Rain by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
Heliopolis by James Scudamore
Brazil by John Updike
Capoeira by George Ancona
A Death in Brazil by Peter Robb