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A Death in Brazil: A Book of Omissions

di Peter Robb

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Peter Robb's most recent book combines travel, history, culture and his own memories over twenty years to create a portrait of Brazil-one of the strangest and most beautiful countries in the world. Robb describes the careers of two remarkably different men: Lula da Silva, who in 2002 became Brazil's first working-class president; and his predecessor, Fernando Collor, a wealthy law graduate who robbed Brazil of over a billion dollars.A Death in Brazil is a true story of greed, jealousy and sexual drama that mirrors the Brazilian soap operas watched by one hundred million people every night.'As in his earlier volume, Midnight in Sicily, Robb weaves together the various strands of the story with such intimate energy that reading "A Death in Brazil" is like finding yourself in someone else#65533;s dream or, perhaps, nightmare'- SUNDAY TIMES'A remarkable, unusual and deeply personal account of a country of passionate extremes, of privilege and deprivation, of sensual beauty and dire injustice. Robb brings the country thrillingly alive with a vision that is individual, robust and unforgettable.'-THE INDEPENDENT… (altro)

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Excellent. Love all of his books - he goes deep into the subject and gives one a fairly compleat picture of North Eastern Brazil. ( )
  APopova | Jan 8, 2017 |
A personal account of the author's journey into Brazilian history. A tale of corruption and death, but with hope for the country's transformation through liberal politics. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
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  Egaro | May 29, 2013 |
A Death in Brazil is a deep dive into Brazilian history, culture, and politics. Peter Robb takes the reader on a wild ride of his own travels in the country, taking frequent detours as far back as the 16th century discuss the country's economic development and the impact of slavery. He also describes in great detail the drama of Brazilian politics in the 1990s, comparing it (rightly so, it seems) to popular television soap operas of the day.

This was an interesting view of a country whose culture and history I know little about. Robb is an excellent writer, able to bring his subject matter to life with colorful, vivid portrayals of the country and its people. Only two things detracted from this novel for me: first, Robb used italics when citing other sources; however, he did not use footnotes so it was often unclear whether the phrase was a citation, or was italicized for emphasis. Second, Robb would travel back in history without reference to dates. I often found myself consulting the chronology included as an appendix. While this was useful, the frequent need to do so was annoying after a time.

Nevertheless, for someone interested in an immersion in Brazilian culture, this is a well-written and informative book. ( )
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Peter Robb's most recent book combines travel, history, culture and his own memories over twenty years to create a portrait of Brazil-one of the strangest and most beautiful countries in the world. Robb describes the careers of two remarkably different men: Lula da Silva, who in 2002 became Brazil's first working-class president; and his predecessor, Fernando Collor, a wealthy law graduate who robbed Brazil of over a billion dollars.A Death in Brazil is a true story of greed, jealousy and sexual drama that mirrors the Brazilian soap operas watched by one hundred million people every night.'As in his earlier volume, Midnight in Sicily, Robb weaves together the various strands of the story with such intimate energy that reading "A Death in Brazil" is like finding yourself in someone else#65533;s dream or, perhaps, nightmare'- SUNDAY TIMES'A remarkable, unusual and deeply personal account of a country of passionate extremes, of privilege and deprivation, of sensual beauty and dire injustice. Robb brings the country thrillingly alive with a vision that is individual, robust and unforgettable.'-THE INDEPENDENT

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