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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

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

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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Brazil: Life, Blood, Soul

Brazil: Life, Blood, Soul
  • Author(s): John Malathronas
  • Location(s): Brazil
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

Brazil is an eclectic nation that evokes images of vibrant carnivals, crowded shanty towns and football on the beach. Shaped by its many cultures, the Portugese, African, Native Indian and European communities have ensured the evolution of a colourful,...

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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

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

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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Carnival of Hope

Carnival of Hope
  • Author(s): George Hamilton
  • Location(s): Brazil
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

A poor idealist forced to teach in secret, and reluctant to abandon his mother. A determined young woman, desperate to escape the struggles and tragedies of a dangerous Brazilian shantytown. A carnival competition offering hope of a better future...

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The Trade Mission

The Trade Mission
  • Author(s): Andrew Pyper
  • Location(s): Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Imagine your job is to translate for a pair of arrogant technology whizzkids on business in South America. Imagine you are accompanying them on a jaunty boat trip up the river Amazon. Imagine that late one night some foreign...

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Ancient Tillage

Ancient Tillage
  • Author(s): Raduan Nassar
  • Location(s): Brazil
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s

For André, a young man growing up on a farm in Brazil, life consists of ‘the earth, the wheat, the bread, our table and our family’. He loves the land, fears his austere, pious father who preaches from the...

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Ashes of the Amazon

Ashes of the Amazon
  • Author(s): Milton Hatoum
  • Location(s): Berlin, Brazil, London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s

Mundo is a rebel – the embittered offshoot of a rich family, whose artistic vocation clashes with his father’s dynastic plans. Ashes of the Amazon charts his determined flight from the fraught centre of his family’s wealth – the...

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Awakening of Spies

Awakening of Spies
  • Author(s): Brian Landers
  • Location(s): Rio de Janeiro
  • Genre(s): Spy, Suspense
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Thomas Dylan is an unlikely spy. Rejected by MI6 he joins the Ministry of Defence where his first mission is a total failure. Unexpectedly he is then sent to Rio de Janeiro to recover a submarine interrogator stolen from...

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