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Bahia Blues

Bahia Blues

Author(s): Yasmina Traboulsi

Location(s): Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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Since the arrival of Gringa, everything has been going wrong. Maria Aparecida, the queen of the slums, has disappeared: one-eyed Tonio has stopped singing: Ze and Manuel are feverish and Mama Lourdes the clairvoyant can only predict bad news. The area is dying – one by one its children are abandoning sleepy Bahia to follow their fortunes in the big cities of the south. Bahia Blues draws the reader into the heart of modern-day Brazil: amid the squalor of Rio de Janeiro shantytown, along the lively streets of Sao Paolo and within the cells of Canju, the prison of Bahia.

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Great book to give a louche modern day perspective on life in Brazil

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021