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Rio de Janeiro: Extreme City

Original title: Rio de Janeiro: Histórias de Vida e Morte (2015)
Author: Luiz Eduardo Soares
Translator: Anthony Doyle

A book as rich and sprawling as the seductive metropolis it evokes, Rio de Janeiro builds a kaleidoscopic portrait of this city of extremes, and its history of conflict and corruption. Award-winning novelist, ex-government minister and sociologist Luiz Eduardo Soares tells the story of Rio through the everyday lives of its people: gangsters and police, activists, politicians and struggling migrant workers, each with their own version of the city. Taking us on a journey into Rio’s intricate world of favelas, beaches and corridors of power, Soares reveals one of the most extraordinary cities in the world in all its seething, agonistic beauty. (Source: publisher)


Rio de Janeiro Extreme City_Luiz Eduardo Soares
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Penguin (5 May 2016)
Translator: Anthony Doyle
ISBN-10: 1846148022
ISBN-13: 978-1846148026
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Religions in Rio

Original title: As Religiões no Rio (1904)
Author: Paulo Barreto (aka João do Rio) 
Translator Ana Lessa-Schmidt

João do Rio (1881-1921) was a literary journalist before his time, before the term existed, before anyone saw that journalism could be raised to the level of art by infusing it with intellectual insight and sociological analysis.

He went wherever necessary to observe life as Rio de Janeiro struggled to enter the 20th century while clinging to its traditional imperial politics and lifestyle. He flaunted his homosexuality a century before it became socially acceptable.

Here, for the first time in English, are João do Rio’s reports on the bizarre confluence of European, North American, and African religions that found adherents in Rio de Janeiro. Candomblé, Spiritism, Positivism, Satanism, Judaism, the Cult of the Sea, the New Jerusalem, the Physiolaters, the Priestesses, the Evangelicals…they all fell under his scrutiny.

Here, for the first time in English, alongside the original Portuguese, are João do Rio’s reports on the bizarre confluence of European, North American, and African religions that found adherents in Rio de Janeiro. Candomblé, Spiritism, Positivism, Satanism, Judaism, the Cult of the Sea, the New Jerusalem, the Physiolaters, the Priestesses, the Evangelicals…they all fell under his scrutiny.

Ana Lessa-Schmidt’s translation of As Religiões no Rio, brilliant and true to the original, brings João do Rio’s insight and revelations to full light. Just as João do Rio took readers down the dark streets of the low-life and into dark houses of worship, Lessa-Schmidt’s translation takes readers into one of the world’s most glorious and mysterious cities during its post-imperial heyday at the turn of the 20th century. (Source: publisher)


Religions in Rio_João do Rio

 

Paperback: 410 pages
Publisher: New London Librarium (June 25, 2015)
Translator Ana Lessa-Schmidt
ISBN-10: 0990589986
ISBN-13: 978-0990589983
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Baroque, the soul of Brazil

Original title: Barroco, alma do Brasil (1997)
Author: Alfonso Romano de Sant’Anna
Translator: Diane Grosklaus

The commercial sponsors of the book, Bradesco Seguros, wanted a book published that would look at the cultural foundations of Brazil with Baroque therefore a natural choice. Rather than the volume being a simple photographic and textual work, the aim was to go much more deeply into the towns and villages of Brazil for the signs of the Baroque style influencing the nation’s culture. The task of recording this evidence was entrusted to the talented and skillful pen of the Brazilian Poet Affonso Romano de Sant’Anna. It explores manifestations of the Baroque in all its diversity: in architecture, in music, in literature, in theatre, and in painting. It looks at the development of Baroque in Brazil from the perspectives of history and at its sociological implications. Visually, the book offers a sample of art works in exceptionally fine photographs, published here for the first time. Wherever Baroque has left traces down through Brazilian history, it has shown that it is not simply an art form, but the preponderant influence on the thought and behaviour of the Brazilian people. The accompanying text puts the phenomenon in its historical, cultural and sociological context and shows the spiritual evolution of the Brazilian people – how it has moulded them since the Jesuits’ ratio studiorum (Plan of Studies), the illuminated words of Father Vieira, the mulatto polyphonies of Lobo de Mesquita, and the dramatic tropicalisms of Ataides paintings – all this demonstrates the spiritual evolution on these pages in the pure poetry of Affonso Romano de Sant’ Anna and with the wonderful documentary photographic record from the lens of Pedro Oswaldo Cruz. (Source: Amazon)


Baroque, the soul of Brazil_Affonso Santana

Hardcover: 204 pages
Publisher: Comunicação Máxima (1998)
Translator: Diane Grosklaus
ISBN-10: 8586631043
ISBN-13: 978-8586631047
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