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The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters

Author(s): Lucinda Riley

Location(s): Geneva, Paris, Rio de Janeiro

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Earlier 20th Century

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Their future is written in the stars . . . Maia D’Apliése and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, ‘Atlantis’ – a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva – having been told...

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1808

1808

Author(s): Laurentino Gomes

Location(s): Rio de Janeiro

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Early 1800s

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How a crazy queen, a frightened prince and a corrupt court tricked Napoleon and changed the history of Portugal and Brazil. A book set in Brazil. The story of Portuguese King Dom João who fled Portugal as Napoleon was...

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1822

1822

Author(s): Laurentino Gomes

Location(s): Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

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1822, How a wise man, a sad princess and a money crazy Scotsman helped D. Pedro create Brazil, a country that had everything to go wrong. A book set in Brazil. This is a non-fiction historical book written by...

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Invisibles

Invisibles

Author(s): Ed Siegle

Location(s): Brighton, Rio de Janeiro

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1960s/70 and early 2000s

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From the streets of Brighton to the bars of Rio de Janeiro, Ed Siegle weaves the rhythms of Brazil and the troubles of his characters into an absorbing story of identity, love and loss. Simultaneously familiar and foreign, this...

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The Consul General’s Wife

The Consul General’s Wife

Author(s): Aliefka Bijlsma

Location(s): Rio de Janeiro

Genre(s): Fiction

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Melchior Steenbergen is leading an idyllic life. An elite member of Holland’s diplomatic corps, he is the Consul General in Rio, with a sweeping view of the Ipanema bay from his official residence, and a beautiful wife 20 years...

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Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk

Author(s): Chico Buarque

Location(s): Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Genre(s): Fiction, Novella

Era(s): Various

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Centenarian Eulalio Assumpcao has reached the end of his long life. From his modest bed in a Rio public hospital, as his mind falters, he grandly recounts his past to passing nurses, his visiting daughter and the whitewashed ceiling....

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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....

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City of God

City of God

Author(s): Paulo Lins

Location(s): Rio de Janeiro

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1970s

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Cidade de Deus, the City of God welcome to one of Rio’s most notorious slums. A place where the streets are awash with drugs, where violence can erupt at any moment, over drugs, money and love but also where...

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The Silence of the Rain

The Silence of the Rain

Author(s): Luiz Alfredo Garcia Roza

Location(s): Rio de Janeiro

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): Modern

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In a parking garage in the centre of Rio de Janeiro, young executive Ricardo Carvalho climbs into his car, takes a few drags of his cigarette and shoots himself dead. Handsome, rich and married to a beautiful wife, Ricardo...

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The Book of Rio

The Book of Rio

Author(s): Katie Slade, Toni Marques

Location(s): Rio de Janeiro

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

It’s the city the rest of the world descends on to party…. whether for the spectacular annual Carnival, the sun-kissed beaches, the World Cup, or, in 2016, the Olympics. It’s also a place that’s sadly become synonymous with some...

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