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The vivid sense of community at the heart of modern-day Brazil is revealed in this bittersweet lament. 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; and the clairvoyant Mama Lourdes can only predict bad news. The sleepy town of Bahia slowly withers as, one by one, its children abandon the town to follow their fortunes in the big cities of southern Brazil. Once there, they discover the rampant violence and squalor of Rio de Janeiro's shantytowns, the lively streets of Sao Paolo, and the despair within Bahia's prison, Canju.
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Yasmina Traboulsi was born in 1975, the daughter of a Brazilian mother and a Lebanese father. A lawyer by training, she divides her time between London and Teresopolis, Brazil.Review:
"Traboulsi expertly turns the theme of social deprivation into character-led fiction, and handles tragedy and city life with equal affection." --"Financial Times"
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Book Description Arcadia Books Ltd, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111905147287
Book Description Arcadia Books Ltd. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1905147287 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.1739711