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Best Books About Brasil

Recommendations from 6 articles, Simon Sebag Montefiore.
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The Slum
Alu¿sio Azevedo - Jan 01, 2000 (first published in 1890)
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First published in 1890, and undoubtedly Azevedo's masterpiece, The Slum is one of the most widely read and critically acclaimed novels ever written about Brazil. Indeed, its great popularity, realistic descriptions, archetypal situations, detailed local coloring, and overall race-consciousness may well evoke Huckleberry Finn as the novel's North A...
A Death in Brazil
Peter Robb - May 31, 2005 (first published in 2003)
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Delving into Brazil's baroque past, Peter Robb writes about its history of slavery and the richly multicultural but disturbed society that was left in its wake when the practice was abolished in the late nineteenth century. Even today, Brazil is a hation of almost unimaginable distance between its wealthy and its poor, a place of extraordinary leve...
Dom Casmurro
Machado de Assis de Assis - Dec 01, 2017 (first published in 1899)
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Dom Casmurro is an unchanged, high-quality reprint of the original edition . Hansebooks is editor of the literature on different topic areas such as research and science, travel and expeditions, cooking and nutrition, medicine, and other genres. As a publisher we focus on the preservation of historical literature. Many works of historical writers a...
Captains of the Sands
Jorge Amado - Jun 25, 2013 (first published in 1937)
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A Brazilian Lord of the Flies, about a group of boys who live by their wits and daring in the slums of BahiaThey call themselves “Captains of the Sands,” a gang of orphans and runaways who live by their wits and daring in the torrid slums and sleazy back alleys of Bahia. Led by fifteen-year-old “Bullet,” the band—including a crafty liar named “Legl...
The War of the End of the World
A Novel
Mario Vargas Llosa - Jul 22, 2008 (first published in 1981)
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Deep within the remote backlands of nineteenth-century Brazil lies Canudos, home to all the damned of the earth: prostitutes, bandits, beggars, and every kind of outcast. It is a place where history and civilization have been wiped away. There is no money, no taxation, no marriage, no census. Canudos is a cauldron for the revolutionary spirit in it...
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A Biography
Lilia M. Schwarcz - Aug 21, 2018 (first published in 2015)
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A sweeping and absorbing biography of Brazil, from the sixteenth century to the presentFor many Americans, Brazil is a land of contradictions: vast natural resources and entrenched corruption; extraordinary wealth and grinding poverty; beautiful beaches and violence-torn favelas. Brazil occupies a vivid place in the American imagination, and yet it...
Complete Stories
Clarice Lispector - Jun 26, 2018 (first published in 2011)
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Here, gathered in one volume, are the stories that made Clarice a Brazilianlegend. Originally a cloth edition of 86 stories, now we have 89 in all, covering Lispector's amazing career, from her teenage years to her deathbed. In these pages, we meet teenagers becoming aware of their sexual and artistic powers, humdrum housewives whose lives are shat...
Tristes Tropiques
Claude Levi-Strauss - Jan 31, 2012 (first published in 1955)
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A milestone in the study of culture from the father of structural anthropologyThis watershed work records Claude Lévi-Strauss's search for "a human society reduced to its most basic expression." From the Amazon basin through the dense upland jungles of Brazil, Lévi-Strauss found the societies he was seeking among the Caduveo, Bororo, Nambikwara, an...
Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon
Jorge Amado - Sep 12, 2006 (first published in 1958)
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Ilhéus in 1925 is a booming town with a record cacao crop and aspirations for progress, but the traditional ways prevail. When Colonel Mendon�a discovers his wife in bed with a lover, he shoots and kills them both. Political contests, too, can be settled by gunshot...No one imagines that a bedraggled migrant worker who turns up in town-least of all...
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The Flight of the Emperor
Laurentino Gomes - Sep 03, 2013 (first published in 2007)
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In a time of terror for Europe’s monarchs - imprisoned, exiled, executed - Napoleon’s army marched toward Lisbon. Cornered, Prince Regent João had to make the most fraught decision of his life. Protected by the British Navy, he fled to Brazil with his entire family, including his mentally ill mother, most of the nobility, and the entire state appar...
Backlands
The Canudos Campaign (Penguin Classics)
Euclides da Cunha - May 25, 2010 (first published in 1902)
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An important new translation of a fundamental work of Brazilian literatureWritten by a former army lieutenant, civil engineer, and journalist, Backlands is Euclides da Cunha's vivid and poignant portrayal of Brazil's infamous War of Canudos. The deadliest civil war in Brazilian history, the conflict during the 1890s was between the government and t...
Dancing with the Devil in the City of God by Juliana Barbassa
The Three Marias by Rachel de Queiroz
Two Brothers by Gabriel Bá
Symphony in White by Adriana Lisboa
With My Dog Eyes by Hilda Hilst
Brazil on the Rise by Larry Rohter
The End by Fernanda Torres
Futebol Nation by David Goldblatt
My German Brother by Chico Buarque
The House in Smyrna by Tatiana Salem Levy
I Didn't Talk by Beatriz Bracher