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The War of the End of the World

The War of the End of the World

Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa

Location(s): Brazil

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 20th century

The War of the End of the World is one of the great modern historical novels. Inspired by a real episode in Brazilian history, Mario Vargas Llosa tells the story of an apocalyptic movement, led by a mysterious prophet,...

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The Testament

The Testament

Author(s): John Grisham

Location(s): Brazil, United States (USA)

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Contemporary

Troy Phelen is one of the richest men in the United States. He is also looking for a way to die. Nate O’Riley is a high-octane Washington litigator who’s lived too hard, too fast, for too long. Emerging from...

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The Double Death of Quincas Water-Bray

The Double Death of Quincas Water-Bray

Author(s): Jorge Amado

Location(s): Brazil

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 20th century

Widely considered the greatest work by the foremost Brazilian author of the twentieth century, The Double Death of Quincas Water-Bray comes to Penguin Classics in a new translation by the dean of Portuguese-language translators, Gregory Rabassa. It tells the...

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Blood of the Wicked

Blood of the Wicked

Author(s): Leighton Gage

Location(s): Brazil

Genre(s): Crime, Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

In the interior of Brazil, landless workers battle the owners of vast Fazendas. When a visiting archbishop is assassinated, Mario Silva of the federal police is called upon to investigate. Then a newspaper owner, a TV journalist, a landowner’s...

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Captains of the Sands

Captains of the Sands

Author(s): Jorge Amado

Location(s): Bahia

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

A Brazilian Lord of the Flies, about a group of boys who live by their wits and daring in the slums of Bahia. They call themselves ‘Captains of the Sands’, a gang of orphans and runaways who live by...

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The Diary of Helena Morley

The Diary of Helena Morley

Author(s): Elizabeth Bishop

Location(s): Brazil

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): 1890s

‘When I first came to Brazil, in 1952, I asked my Brazilian friends which Brazilian books I should begin reading … They frequently recommended this little book, “Minha Vida de Menina” … In English the title means “My Life...

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Barren Lives

Barren Lives

Author(s): Graciliano Ramos

Location(s): Brazil

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

A peasant family, driven by the drought, walks to exhaustion through an arid land. As they shelter at a deserted ranch, the drought is broken and they linger, tending cattle for the absentee ranch owner, until the onset of...

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In Trouble Again: A Journey Between the Orinoco and the Amazon

In Trouble Again: A Journey Between the Orinoco and the Amazon

Author(s): Redmond O'Hanlon

Location(s): Brazil, Venezuela

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): 1980s

Redmond O’Hanlon found few experienced adventurers willing to accompany him on his four-month trip up the Orinoco river and across the Amazon Basin. He wondered why… Was it perhaps the fear of contracting dysentery, rabies or river blindness? Or...

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Exploration Fawcett. Journey to the Lost City of Z

Exploration Fawcett. Journey to the Lost City of Z

Author(s): Brian Fawcett, Percy Harrison Fawcett

Location(s): Bolivia, Brazil

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): 1920s

The disappearance of Colonel Fawcett in the Matto Grosso remains one of the great unsolved mysteries. In 1925, Fawcett was convinced that he had discovered the location of a lost city; he had set out with two companions, one...

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Playboy

Playboy

Author(s): Joe Thomas

Location(s): Sao Paulo

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): 2016

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SÃO PAULO, 20 MARCH 2016 A campaign for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff is in full swing, yet 100,000 people take to Avenida Paulista in São Paulo in her support. On the same day, a young man from...

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