Terra: Struggle of the Landless

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"Salgado's stunning photographs of Brazil's landless rural population (estimated at nearly five million) includes an impassioned and biting preface by Saramago, three poems by Chico Buarque, and extensive captions. Ably translated. A beautiful and disturbing book"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.http://www.loc.gov/hlas/Presents over one hundred images taken between 1980 and 1996 to commemorate the massacre of landless farmhands in the state of Par in April 1996

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"Because death belongs to all, so too should life," observes Portuguese writer José Saramago in a preface to this remarkable volume of black-and-white images. But death is easy and life is hard in Sebastião Salgado's native Brazil, where exploitation of labor and mechanization of agriculture have combined to paint a bleak future for the country's rural population. Even the faces of small children are clouded with despair in this book, which is at once a testament to human courage and a powerful argument for agrarian reform--a long-promised and long-delayed reform that has led to a bloody struggle to take possession of unused land in private hands.

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Sebastiao Salgado (b.1944) is one of the leading photojournalists working in the world today. Born in Brazil and trained as an economist, his political activities led to his exile in the late 1960s working as a photojournalist in 1973. He has reveived many awards, including the W Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, and his many books have been published to great acclaim. He is currently based in Paris.Jose Saramago is a Potuguese writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998.

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