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A Death in Brazil: A Book of Omissions

A DEATH IN BRAZIL: A BOOK OF OMISSIONS

by: Robb, Peter
Format: Paperback

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Product Description Deliciously sensuous and fascinating, Robb renders in vivid detail the intoxicating pleasures of Brazil’s food, music, literature, and landscape as he travels not only cross country but also back in time—from the days of slavery to modern day political intrigue and murder. Spellbinding and revelatory, Peter Robb paints a multi-layered portrait of Brazil as a country of intoxicating and passionate extremes. From The New Yorker One night twenty years ago in Rio de Janeiro, the author was attacked by a knife-wielding burglar, who then broke down and stayed until dawn, unburdening his soul. Robb became fascinated with Brazil, and here offers a seductive synthesis of history, gastronomy, literature, pop culture, and current events. He is most drawn to the landscape of the northeast. Once home to communities of escaped slaves, the region has, more recently, produced such figures as the disgraced President Fernando Collor de Mello, who was impeached in 1992, and Luis (Lula) Inácio da Silva, a former metalworker who was elected President a decade later. Between the mouthwatering dishes and caipirinhas, Robb explores the extreme contrasts of wealth and poverty, beauty and brutality—tens of thousands of violent deaths each year—in what he considers the "most thrilling country in the Western Hemisphere." Copyright © 2005 The New Yorker Review "Amber lit anecdotes of being held up at knife-point in Rio rest side-by-side with grim investigations into the country’s ancient slave-owning past. The result is an intoxicating cocktail of a book—one that is equal parts danger and sex, mixed together with a splash of erudition." --John Freeman, Newsday "A provocative and unsettling tour of Brazil’s seamy side... Robb has plenty of affection for Brazil’s people and national spirit, but his clear-eyed assessment of its problems makes this a powerful piece of reporting that blurs the boundaries between true crime, travel writing, and history." ---Andrew Johnston, Time Out (New York) " A Death in Brazil is not strictly about travel. It deals with Brazil's history, landscapes, society, culture, food, and the baroque flamboyance of its political life. Robb writes about his themes not as a scholar or analyst but as if he were trekking through them hungrily, strenuously, and sometimes at risk....Fascinating." --Richard Eder, The New York Times "Robb's revelations of political nepotism, intrigue, and passion read like a horribly real soap opera. Recommended for all." -- Library Journal "A seductive synthesis of history, gastronomy, literature, pop culture, and current events." -- The New Yorker "Sentence after sentence, page after page, with its eye for landscape, ear for character, delicious sensuousness, and bold investigation of political greed, corruption, and revolution, A Death in Brazil is an astonishing feat of storytelling." --Peter Carey, author of My Life as a Fake and True History of the Kelly Gang "Evocative...Mr. Robb is not one of those travelers who must see and do everything. Nor is he a journalist determined to bore down to factual bedrock. He is largely content to let Brazil happen to him, which is one of the book’s charms." -- The Economist "[Robb] has a sharp eye for both the beauty and the beast in Brazil." --Mac Margolis, Newsweek About the Author Peter Robb has divided his time among Brazil, southern Italy, and Australia for the last quarter century. He is the author of Midnight in Sicily, a New York Public Library Best Book and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; and M : The Man Who Became Caravaggio, which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2000. The Economist described Midnight in Sicily as “quite simply, the best book about Italy in English” and The Times Literary Supplement called it “a classic.”Deliciously sensuous and fascinating, Robb renders in vivid detail the intoxicating pleasures of Brazil’s food, music, literature, and landscape as he travels not only cross cou

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Product Code: 9780312424879
ISBN: 0312424876
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: 2004-05-01
Number of Pages: 352 pages
Languages: english
Edition: Reprint
Dimension: 5.43 x 1.02 x 8.11 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.71 pounds