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30+ [Hand Picked] Popular Books On Brazil

Discover the list of some best books written on Brazil by popular award winning authors. These book on topic Brazil highly popular among the readers worldwide.

3.6/5

The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

Maia D’Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, “Atlantis”—a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva—having been told that their beloved father, who adopted them all as babies, has died. Each of them is handed a tantalizing clue to her true heritage—a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio d Maia D’Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, “Atlantis”—a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva—having been told that their beloved father, who adopted them all as babies, has died. Each of them is handed a tantalizing clue to her true heritage—a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of her story and its beginnings. Eighty years earlier in Rio’s Belle Epoque of the 1920s, Izabela Bonifacio’s father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into the aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is devising plans for an enormous statue, to be called Christ the Redeemer, and will soon travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vision. Izabela—passionate and longing to see the world—convinces her father to allow her to accompany him and his family to Europe before she is married. There, at Paul Landowski’s studio and in the heady, vibrant cafes of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again. In this sweeping, epic tale of love and loss—the first in a unique, spellbinding series of seven novels—Lucinda Riley showcases her storytelling talent like never before.

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4.7/5

The Spy by Paulo Coelho , ThiĂȘn Nga (Translator) , ZoĂ« Perry (Translator)

In his new novel, Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Adultery, brings to life one of history's most enigmatic women: Mata Hari. HER ONLY CRIME WAS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless. Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city. As a dancer, she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan, she In his new novel, Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Adultery, brings to life one of history's most enigmatic women: Mata Hari. HER ONLY CRIME WAS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless. Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city. As a dancer, she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan, she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful men. But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917, she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees, and accused of espionage. Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price.

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5/5

Sluta aldrig gÄ - FrÄn gatan i Sao Paulo till Vindeln i Norrland by Christina Rickardsson

”Jag Ă€r född i Brasiliens vildmark och bodde i en grotta tills jag var ungefĂ€r fem Ă„r gammal. DĂ€refter flyttade min mamma och jag in till en av SĂŁo Paulos mĂ„nga kĂ„kstĂ€der – en rent livsfarlig miljö för ett barn att vĂ€xa upp i. Jag fick tidigt lĂ€ra mig att inte lita pĂ„ polisen eller andra vuxna. Ofta fick jag klara mig sjĂ€lv och jag fick Ă€ven ansvara för min lillebror innan ”Jag Ă€r född i Brasiliens vildmark och bodde i en grotta tills jag var ungefĂ€r fem Ă„r gammal. DĂ€refter flyttade min mamma och jag in till en av SĂŁo Paulos mĂ„nga kĂ„kstĂ€der – en rent livsfarlig miljö för ett barn att vĂ€xa upp i. Jag fick tidigt lĂ€ra mig att inte lita pĂ„ polisen eller andra vuxna. Ofta fick jag klara mig sjĂ€lv och jag fick Ă€ven ansvara för min lillebror innan jag slutligen hamnade pĂ„ barnhem. Ett Ă„r senare, nĂ€r jag var Ă„tta Ă„r, adopterades jag bort till en familj i Vindeln i VĂ€sterbotten.” Christina berĂ€ttar om sitt liv som gatubarn i Brasilien, om svĂ€lt, misshandel och separation. Om uppvĂ€xten i Sverige och alla kulturkrockar som uppstod nĂ€r hon kom till det lilla samhĂ€llet i Norrland. Hur hon har bearbetat sina upplevelser i vuxen Ă„lder och börjat bygga upp ett nytt liv. Och nĂ€r hon behöver fylla pĂ„ med kraft och energi har hon ett speciellt knep: Hon kastar sig ut frĂ„n ett flygplan och faller fritt i sextio sekunder innan fallskĂ€rmen vecklas ut. Att landa pĂ„ fötterna Ă€r bra att kunna i mĂ„nga sammanhang! Det hĂ€r Ă€r en berĂ€ttelse om kĂ€rlek, sorg, vĂ€nskap och förlust. Christina berĂ€ttar om att överleva, om hur vitt skilda vĂ€rldar har format henne och hur hon har kĂ€mpat för att fĂ„ ihop sina tvĂ„ jag.

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5/5

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

Fred, Con, Lila, and Max are on their way back to England from Manaus when the plane they’re on crashes and the pilot dies upon landing. For days they survive alone, until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret.

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4.9/5

The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles

The story of an intense female friendship fueled by affection, envy and pride--and each woman's fear that she would be nothing without the other. Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well fed, pretty, a The story of an intense female friendship fueled by affection, envy and pride--and each woman's fear that she would be nothing without the other. Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well fed, pretty, and thrillingly ill behaved. Born to wildly different worlds, Dores and Graça quickly bond over shared mischief, and then, on a deeper level, over music. One has a voice like a songbird; the other feels melodies in her soul and composes lyrics to match. Music will become their shared passion, the source of their partnership and their rivalry, and for each, the only way out of the life to which each was born. But only one of the two is destined to be a star. Their intimate, volatile bond will determine each of their fortunes--and haunt their memories. Traveling from Brazil's inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, from Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood back to the irresistible drumbeat of home, The Air You Breathe unfurls a moving portrait of a lifelong friendship--its unparalleled rewards and lasting losses--and considers what we owe to the relationships that shape our lives.

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3.7/5

Private Rio by James Patterson , Mark T. Sullivan

Two years ago Jack Morgan – the head of the renowned worldwide investigation firm Private – was in charge of security for the World Cup in Bazil. During the championship final, the action nearly spilled from the field into the stands. Fortunately, Jack and his team averted disaster on football's biggest stage. Now he has returned to Rio to secure the Olympics. But before th Two years ago Jack Morgan – the head of the renowned worldwide investigation firm Private – was in charge of security for the World Cup in Bazil. During the championship final, the action nearly spilled from the field into the stands. Fortunately, Jack and his team averted disaster on football's biggest stage. Now he has returned to Rio to secure the Olympics. But before the torch is lit, the threats come fast and furious as Jack discovers that someone is trying to sabotage the games. A lethal plan put in motion during the World Cup is set to decimate Rio, and turn the Olympics from a worldwide celebration into a horrifying spectacle.

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3.2/5

O Peso do PĂĄssaro Morto by Aline Bei

A vida de uma mulher, dos 8 aos 52, desde as singelezas cotidianas atĂ© as tragĂ©dias que persistem, uma geração apĂłs a outra. Um livro denso e leve, violento e poĂ©tico. É assim O peso do pĂĄssaro morto, romance de estreia de Aline Bei, onde acompanhamos uma mulher que, com todas as forças, tenta nĂŁo coincidir apenas com a dor de que Ă© feita.

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4.3/5

Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey

Deep in gambling debt, the celebrated Brazilian writer Beatriz Yagoda is last seen holding a suitcase and a cigar and climbing into an almond tree. She abruptly vanishes. In snowy Pittsburgh, her American translator Emma hears the news and, against the wishes of her boyfriend and Beatriz's two grown children, flies immediately to Brazil. There, in the sticky, sugary heat of Deep in gambling debt, the celebrated Brazilian writer Beatriz Yagoda is last seen holding a suitcase and a cigar and climbing into an almond tree. She abruptly vanishes. In snowy Pittsburgh, her American translator Emma hears the news and, against the wishes of her boyfriend and Beatriz's two grown children, flies immediately to Brazil. There, in the sticky, sugary heat of Rio, Emma and her author's children conspire to solve the mystery of Yagoda's curious disappearance and staunch the colorful demands of her various outstanding affairs: the rapacious loan shark with a zeal for severing body parts, and the washed-up and disillusioned editor who launched Yagoda's career years earlier.

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4.7/5

A Vida InvisĂ­vel de EurĂ­dice GusmĂŁo by Martha Batalha

Rio de Janeiro, anos 1940. Guida GusmĂŁo desaparece da casa dos pais sem deixar notĂ­cias, enquanto sua irmĂŁ EurĂ­dice se torna uma dona de casa exemplar. Mas nenhuma das duas parece feliz em suas escolhas. A trajetĂłria das irmĂŁs GusmĂŁo em muito se assemelha com a de inĂșmeras mulheres nascidas no Rio de Janeiro no começo do sĂ©culo XX e criadas apenas para serem boas esposas. SĂŁ Rio de Janeiro, anos 1940. Guida GusmĂŁo desaparece da casa dos pais sem deixar notĂ­cias, enquanto sua irmĂŁ EurĂ­dice se torna uma dona de casa exemplar. Mas nenhuma das duas parece feliz em suas escolhas. A trajetĂłria das irmĂŁs GusmĂŁo em muito se assemelha com a de inĂșmeras mulheres nascidas no Rio de Janeiro no começo do sĂ©culo XX e criadas apenas para serem boas esposas. SĂŁo as nossas mĂŁes, avĂłs e bisavĂłs, invisĂ­veis em maior ou menor grau, que nĂŁo puderam protagonizar a prĂłpria vida, mas que agora sĂŁo as personagens principais do primeiro romance de Martha Batalha. Enquanto acompanhamos as desventuras de Guida e EurĂ­dice, somos apresentados a uma gama de figuras fascinantes: ZĂ©lia, a vizinha fofoqueira, e seu pai Álvaro, Ă s voltas com o mau-olhado de um poderoso feiticeiro; Filomena, ex-prostituta que cuida de crianças; Luiz, um dos primeiros milionĂĄrios da RepĂșblica; e o solteirĂŁo AntĂŽnio, dono da papelaria da esquina e apaixonado por EurĂ­dice. Essas mĂșltiplas narrativas envolvem o leitor desde a primeira pĂĄgina, com ritmo e estrutura sĂłlidos. Capaz de falar de temas como violĂȘncia, marginalização e injustiça com humor, perspicĂĄcia e ironia, Marta Batalha Ă© acima de tudo uma excelente contadora de histĂłrias. Uma promessa da nova literatura brasileira que tem como principal compromisso o prazer da leitura.

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3.3/5

Por que fazemos o que fazemos? by Mario Sergio Cortella

Bateu aquela preguiça de ir para o escritĂłrio na segunda-feira? A falta de tempo virou uma constante? A rotina estĂĄ tirando o prazer no dia a dia? Anda em dĂșvida sobre qual Ă© o real objetivo de sua vida? O filĂłsofo e escritor Mario Sergio Cortella desvenda em Por que fazemos o que fazemos? as principais preocupaçÔes com relação ao trabalho. Dividido em vinte capĂ­tulos, ele Bateu aquela preguiça de ir para o escritĂłrio na segunda-feira? A falta de tempo virou uma constante? A rotina estĂĄ tirando o prazer no dia a dia? Anda em dĂșvida sobre qual Ă© o real objetivo de sua vida? O filĂłsofo e escritor Mario Sergio Cortella desvenda em Por que fazemos o que fazemos? as principais preocupaçÔes com relação ao trabalho. Dividido em vinte capĂ­tulos, ele aborda questĂ”es como a importĂąncia de ter uma vida com propĂłsito, a motivação em tempos difĂ­ceis, os valores e a lealdade – a si e ao seu emprego. O livro Ă© um verdadeiro manual para todo mundo que tem uma carreira mas vive se questionando sobre o presente e o futuro. Recheado de ensinamentos como “PaciĂȘncia na turbulĂȘncia, sabedoria na travessia”, Ă© uma obra fundamental para quem sonha com realização profissional sem abrir mĂŁo da vida pessoal.

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4.1/5

O Sol na Cabeça by Geovani Martins

Em "O Sol na Cabeça", Geovani Martins narra a infĂąncia e a adolescĂȘncia de garotos para quem Ă s angĂșstias e dificuldades prĂłprias da idade soma-se a violĂȘncia de crescer no lado menos favorecido da “Cidade partida”, o Rio de Janeiro das primeiras dĂ©cadas do sĂ©culo XXI. Em “RolĂ©zim”, uma turma de adolescentes vai Ă  praia no verĂŁo de 2015, quando a PM fluminense, em nome do c Em "O Sol na Cabeça", Geovani Martins narra a infĂąncia e a adolescĂȘncia de garotos para quem Ă s angĂșstias e dificuldades prĂłprias da idade soma-se a violĂȘncia de crescer no lado menos favorecido da “Cidade partida”, o Rio de Janeiro das primeiras dĂ©cadas do sĂ©culo XXI. Em “RolĂ©zim”, uma turma de adolescentes vai Ă  praia no verĂŁo de 2015, quando a PM fluminense, em nome do combate aos arrastĂ”es, fazia marcação cerrada aos meninos de favela que pretendessem chegar Ă s areias da Zona Sul. Em “A histĂłria do Periquito e do Macaco”, assistimos Ă s mudanças ocorridas na Rocinha apĂłs a instalação da Unidade de PolĂ­cia Pacificadora, a UPP. Situado em 2013, quando a maioria da classe mĂ©dia carioca ainda via a iniciativa do secretĂĄrio de segurança JosĂ© Beltrame como a panaceia contra todos os males, o conto mostra que, para a população sob o controle da polĂ­cia, o segundo “P” da sigla nĂŁo era exatamente uma realidade. Em “Estação Padre Miguel”, cinco amigos se veem sob a mira dos fuzis dos traficantes locais. Nesses e nos outros contos, chama a atenção a capacidade narrativa do escritor, pintando com cores vivas personagens e ambientes sem nunca perder o suspense e o foco na ação. Na literatura brasileira contemporĂąnea, que tantas vezes negligencia a trama em favor de supostas experimentaçÔes formais, O sol na cabeça surge como uma mais que bem-vinda novidade.

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4/5

The Caregiver by Samuel Park

From the critically acclaimed author of This Burns My Heart comes gorgeous, emotionally wise tale about a daughter who unearths the hidden life of her enigmatic mother. Mara Alencar’s mother Ana is the moon, the sun, the stars. Ana, a struggling voice-over actress, is an admirably brave and recklessly impulsive woman who does everything in her power to care for her little g From the critically acclaimed author of This Burns My Heart comes gorgeous, emotionally wise tale about a daughter who unearths the hidden life of her enigmatic mother. Mara Alencar’s mother Ana is the moon, the sun, the stars. Ana, a struggling voice-over actress, is an admirably brave and recklessly impulsive woman who does everything in her power to care for her little girl. With no other family or friends her own age, Ana eclipses Mara’s entire world. They take turns caring for each other—in ways big and small. Their arrangement begins to unravel when Ana becomes involved with a civilian rebel group attempting to undermine the city's torturous Police Chief, who rules over 1980s Rio de Janeiro with terrifying brutality. Ana makes decisions that indelibly change their shared life. When Mara is forced to escape, she emigrates to California where she finds employment as a caregiver to a young woman dying of stomach cancer. It’s here that she begins to grapple with her turbulent past and starts to uncover vital truths—about her mother, herself, and what it means to truly take care of someone. Told with vivid imagery and subtle poignancy, The Caregiver is a moving and profound story that asks us to investigate who we are—as children and parents, immigrants and citizens, and ultimately, humans looking for vital connectivity.

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3.4/5

The Head of the Saint by Socorro Acioli , Daniel Hahn (Translator)

After walking for days across the harsh Brazilian landscape only to be rejected by his last living relative, Samuel finds his options for survival are dwindling fast - until he comes to the hollow head of a statue, perfect for a boy to crawl into and hide... Whilst sheltering, Samuel realises that he can hear the villagers' whispered prayers to Saint Anthony - confessing lo After walking for days across the harsh Brazilian landscape only to be rejected by his last living relative, Samuel finds his options for survival are dwindling fast - until he comes to the hollow head of a statue, perfect for a boy to crawl into and hide... Whilst sheltering, Samuel realises that he can hear the villagers' whispered prayers to Saint Anthony - confessing lost loves, hopes and fears - and he begins to wonder if he ought to help them out a little. When Samuel's advice hits the mark he becomes famous, and people flock to the town to hear about their future loves. But with all the fame comes some problems, and soon Samuel has more than just the lovelorn to deal with. A completely charming and magically told Brazilian tale, sure to capture your heart.

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4.2/5

Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon by Paul Rosolie

For fans of The Lost City of Z, Walking the Amazon, and Turn Right at Machu Picchu comes naturalist and explorer Paul Rosolie's extraordinary adventure in the uncharted tributaries of the Western Amazon--a tale of discovery that vividly captures the awe, beauty, and isolation of this endangered land and presents an impassioned call to save it. In the Madre de Dios--Mother o For fans of The Lost City of Z, Walking the Amazon, and Turn Right at Machu Picchu comes naturalist and explorer Paul Rosolie's extraordinary adventure in the uncharted tributaries of the Western Amazon--a tale of discovery that vividly captures the awe, beauty, and isolation of this endangered land and presents an impassioned call to save it. In the Madre de Dios--Mother of God--region of Peru, where the Amazon River begins its massive flow, the Andean Mountain cloud forests fall into lowland Amazon Rainforest, creating the most biodiversity-rich place on the planet. In January 2006, when he was just a restless eighteen-year-old hungry for adventure, Paul Rosolie embarked on a journey to the west Amazon that would transform his life. Venturing alone into some of the most inaccessible reaches of the jungle, he encountered giant snakes, floating forests, isolated tribes untouched by outsiders, prowling jaguars, orphaned baby anteaters, poachers in the black market trade in endangered species, and much more. Yet today, the primordial forests of the Madre de Dios are in danger from developers, oil giants, and gold miners eager to exploit its natural resources. In Mother of God, this explorer and conservationist relives his amazing odyssey exploring the heart of this wildest place on earth. When he began delving deeper in his search for the secret Eden, spending extended periods in isolated solitude, he found things he never imagined could exist. "Alone and miniscule against a titanic landscape I have seen the depths of the Amazon, the guts of the jungle where no men go, Rosolie writes. "But as the legendary explorer Percy Fawcett warned, 'the few remaining unknown places of the world exact a price for their secrets.'" Illustrated with 16 pages of color photos.

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4.5/5

Brazillionaires: Chasing Dreams of Wealth in an American Country by Alex Cuadros

For readers of Michael Lewis comes an engrossing tale of a country’s spectacular rise and fall, intertwined with the story of Brazil’s wealthiest citizen, Eike Batista—a universal story of hubris and tragedy that uncovers the deeper meaning of this era of billionaires. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE FINANCIAL TIMES When Bloomberg News invited the young Ameri For readers of Michael Lewis comes an engrossing tale of a country’s spectacular rise and fall, intertwined with the story of Brazil’s wealthiest citizen, Eike Batista—a universal story of hubris and tragedy that uncovers the deeper meaning of this era of billionaires. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE FINANCIAL TIMES When Bloomberg News invited the young American journalist Alex Cuadros to report on Brazil’s emerging class of billionaires at the height of the historic Brazilian boom, he was poised to cover two of the biggest business stories of our time: how the giants of the developing world were triumphantly taking their place at the center of global capitalism, and how wealth inequality was changing societies everywhere. The billionaires of Brazil and their massive fortunes resided at the very top of their country’s economic pyramid, and whether they quietly accumulated exceptional power or extravagantly displayed their decadence, they formed a potent microcosm of the world’s richest .001 percent. Eike Batista, a flamboyant and charismatic evangelist for the country’s new gospel of wealth, epitomized much of this rarefied sphere: In 2012, Batista ranked as the eighth-richest person in the world, was famous for his marriage to a beauty queen, and was a fixture in the Brazilian press. His constantly repeated ambition was to become the world’s richest man and to bring Brazil along with him to the top. But by 2015, Batista was bankrupt, his son Thor had been indicted for manslaughter, and Brazil—its president facing impeachment, its provinces combating an epidemic, and its business and political class torn apart by scandal—had become a cautionary tale of a country run aground by its elites. Over the four years Cuadros was on the billionaire beat, he reported on media moguls and televangelists, energy barons and shadowy figures from the years of military dictatorship, soy barons who lived on the outskirts of the Amazon, and new-economy billionaires spinning money from speculation. He learned just how deeply they all reached into Brazilian life. They held sway over the economy, government, media, and stewardship of the environment; they determined the spiritual fates and populated the imaginations of their countrymen. Cuadros’s zealous reporting takes us from penthouses to courtrooms, from favelas to extravagant art fairs, from scenes of unimaginable wealth to desperate, massive street protests. Within a business narrative that deftly explains and dramatizes the volatility of the global economy, Cuadros offers us literary journalism with a grand sweep. Praise for Brazillionaires “A wild, richly reported tale about Brazil’s recent economic rise and fall, and some of the biggest, most colorful characters in business in Brazil who now have a global reach. . . . Cuadros’s story really takes off when he focuses on Eike Batista, an over-the-top one-time billionaire who became the country’s corporate mascot, only to go bankrupt in a dramatic unraveling.”—Andrew Ross Sorkin, the New York Times   “In this excellent book [Cuadros] has managed to use billionaires to illuminate the lives of both rich and poor Brazilians, and all those in between.”—The Economist “Brazillionaires [is] journalist Alex Cuadros’s compelling tale of Brazil’s superrich, which deftly weaves lurid soap opera with high finance and outrageous political skullduggery. . . .

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4.9/5

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho , Alan R. Clarke (Translator) , Özdemir İnce (Translator)

Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read t Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

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4.6/5

The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector , Giovanni Pontiero (Translator)

The Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector's consummate final novel, may well be her masterpiece. Narrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S.M., this brief, strange, and haunting tale is the story of Macabéa, one of life's unfortunates. Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a poor living as a typist, Macabéa loves movies, Coca-Cola, and her rat of a boyfriend; she would like t The Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector's consummate final novel, may well be her masterpiece. Narrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S.M., this brief, strange, and haunting tale is the story of Macabéa, one of life's unfortunates. Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a poor living as a typist, Macabéa loves movies, Coca-Cola, and her rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marylin Monroe, but she is ugly, underfed, sickly, and unloved. Rodrigo recoils from her wretchedness, and yet he cannot avoid realization that for all her outward misery, Macabéa is inwardly free. She doesn't seem to know how unhappy she should be. Lispector employs her pathetic heroine against her urbane, empty narrator--edge of despair to edge of despair--and, working them like a pair of scissors, she cuts away the reader's preconceived notions about poverty, identity, love, and the art of fiction. In her last novel she takes readers close to the true mystery of life, and leaves us deep in Lispector territory indeed.

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4/5

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness.

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4.5/5

Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis

A classic story of love and jealousy, Dom Casmurro is the story of Bento and his childhood love, Capitu, who overcome their parents' reluctance to marry. But Bento jealously suspects that their son is not his. But beyond this straightforward plot, Machado plays with the reader's expectations and comments on the structure of the story, blurring the line between fiction and A classic story of love and jealousy, Dom Casmurro is the story of Bento and his childhood love, Capitu, who overcome their parents' reluctance to marry. But Bento jealously suspects that their son is not his. But beyond this straightforward plot, Machado plays with the reader's expectations and comments on the structure of the story, blurring the line between fiction and reality and appearing very modern.

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3.5/5

MemĂłrias pĂłstumas de BrĂĄs Cubas by Machado de Assis

A publicação de 'Memórias póstumas de Brås Cubas' não só inaugura o Realismo no Brasil, como inicia a etapa mais complexa da obra de Machado de Assis. Com ela, aprofunda-se a sua anålise da realidade e refina-se a sua linguagem, sendo considerada a obra que prenuncia algumas técnicas da literatura moderna.

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4/5

Gabriela, clavo y canela by Jorge Amado

Gabriela, clavo y canela es una bella metåfora del cambio y el progreso. La historia de Ilhéus, pequeño pueblo de Brasil donde se desarrolla la novela, sirve de marco al autor para relatar varias historias, entre ellas, la mås importante, el amor entre Gabriela y Nacib. El lector recorre junto con los protagonistas el trayecto que conduce al motivo argumental de la novela: Gabriela, clavo y canela es una bella metåfora del cambio y el progreso. La historia de Ilhéus, pequeño pueblo de Brasil donde se desarrolla la novela, sirve de marco al autor para relatar varias historias, entre ellas, la mås importante, el amor entre Gabriela y Nacib. El lector recorre junto con los protagonistas el trayecto que conduce al motivo argumental de la novela: la llegada de la modernidad a Ilhéus, reflejåndose en las instituciones, las costumbres y aun en la conciencia de los personajes. Amado lleva al lector a hacer un recorrido deslumbrante en el que la gastronomía, la sensualidad y los placeres ocupan un primer plano y se encargan de poner de manifiesto su capacidad narrativa para captar la vida y el movimiento que dan sustancia a esta obra.

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5/5

The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector , Ronald W. Sousa (Translator)

Aficionados of South American fiction as well as literary critics will welcome this posthumous translation of a nearly plotless novel by one of Brazil's foremost writers. Availing herself of a single character, Lispector transforms a banal situation—a woman at home, alone—into an amphitheater for philosophical investigations. The first-person narration jousts with language Aficionados of South American fiction as well as literary critics will welcome this posthumous translation of a nearly plotless novel by one of Brazil's foremost writers. Availing herself of a single character, Lispector transforms a banal situation—a woman at home, alone—into an amphitheater for philosophical investigations. The first-person narration jousts with language, playfully but forcefully examining the ambiguous nature of words, with results ranging from the profound to the pretentious: "Prehuman divine life is a life of singeing nowness" or "The world interdepended with me, and I am not understanding what I say, never! never again shall I understand what I say. For how will I be able to speak without the word lying for me?" These linguistic games frame existential and experiential crises that Lispector savors and overcomes. Although this idiosyncratic novel will not have wider appeal, those with academic or markedly erudite tastes should find much to like.

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3.8/5

Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado , Harriet de OnĂ­s (Translator)

It surprises no one that the charming but wayward Vadinho dos Guimaraes–a gambler notorious for never winning—dies during Carnival. His long suffering widow Dona Flor devotes herself to her cooking school and her friends, who urge her to remarry. She is soon drawn to a kind pharmacist who is everything Vadinho was not, and is altogether happy to marry him. But after her we It surprises no one that the charming but wayward Vadinho dos Guimaraes–a gambler notorious for never winning—dies during Carnival. His long suffering widow Dona Flor devotes herself to her cooking school and her friends, who urge her to remarry. She is soon drawn to a kind pharmacist who is everything Vadinho was not, and is altogether happy to marry him. But after her wedding she finds herself dreaming about her first husband’s amorous attentions; and one evening Vadinho himself appears by her bed, as lusty as ever, to claim his marital rights.

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3.2/5

Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho , Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)

In his latest international bestseller, the celebrated author of The Alchemist addresses the fundamental questions asked by millions: What am I doing here today? and Why do I go on living?Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything she could wish for: youth and beauty, pleny of attractive boyfriends, a fulfilling job, and a loving family. Yet something is lackin In his latest international bestseller, the celebrated author of The Alchemist addresses the fundamental questions asked by millions: What am I doing here today? and Why do I go on living?Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything she could wish for: youth and beauty, pleny of attractive boyfriends, a fulfilling job, and a loving family. Yet something is lacking in her life. Inside her is a void so deep that nothing could possibly ever fill it. So, on the morning of November 11, 1997, Veronika decides to die. She takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up.Naturally Veronika is stunned when she does wake up at Villete, a local mental hospital, where the staff informs her that she has, in fact, partially succeeded in achieving her goal. While the overdose didn't kill Veronika immediately, the medication has damaged her heart so severely that she has only days to live.The story follows Veronika through the intense week of self-discovery that ensues. To her surprise, Veronika finds herself drawn to the confinement of Villete and its patients, who, each in his or her individual way, reflect the heart of human experience. In the heightened state of life's final moments, Veronika discovers things she has never really allowed herself to feel before: hatred, fear, curiosity, love, and sexual awakening. She finds that every second of her existence is a choice between living and dying, and at the eleventh hour emerges more open to life than ever before.In Veronika Decides to Die, Paulo Coelho takes the reader on a distinctly modern quest to find meaning in a culture overshadowed by angst, soulless routine, and pervasive conformity. Based on events in Coelho's own life, Veronika Decides to Die questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal. Poignant and illuminating, it is a dazzling portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of despair and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity.

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3.2/5

Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector , Giovanni Pontiero (Translator)

Near to the Wild Heart is Clarice Lispector's first novel, written from March to November 1942 and published around her twenty-third birthday. The novel, written in a stream-of-consciousness style reminiscent of the English-language Modernists, centers around the childhood and early adulthood of a character named Joana, who bears strong resemblance to her author: "Madame B Near to the Wild Heart is Clarice Lispector's first novel, written from March to November 1942 and published around her twenty-third birthday. The novel, written in a stream-of-consciousness style reminiscent of the English-language Modernists, centers around the childhood and early adulthood of a character named Joana, who bears strong resemblance to her author: "Madame Bovary, c'est moi", Lispector said, quoting Flaubert, when asked about the similarities. The book, particularly its revolutionary language, brought its young, unknown creator to great prominence in Brazilian letters and earned her the prestigious Graça Aranha Prize. Joana, a young woman very much in the mode of existential contemporaries like Camus and Sartre, ponders the meaning of life, the freedom to be one's self, and the purpose of existence. Near to the Wild Heart does not have a conventional narrative plot. It instead recounts flashes from the life of Joana, between her present, as a young woman, and her early childhood. These focus, like most of Lispector's works, on interior, emotional states of mind.

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3.9/5

CapitĂŁes da Areia by Jorge Amado

CapitĂŁes da Areia Ă© o livro de Jorge Amado mais vendido no mundo inteiro. Publicado em 1937, teve a sua primeira edição apreendida e queimada em praça pĂșblica pelas autoridades do Estado Novo. Em 1944 conheceu nova edição e desde entĂŁo sucederam-se as ediçÔes nacionais e estrangeiras, e as adaptaçÔes para a rĂĄdio, televisĂŁo e cinema. Jorge Amado descreve, em pĂĄginas carregad CapitĂŁes da Areia Ă© o livro de Jorge Amado mais vendido no mundo inteiro. Publicado em 1937, teve a sua primeira edição apreendida e queimada em praça pĂșblica pelas autoridades do Estado Novo. Em 1944 conheceu nova edição e desde entĂŁo sucederam-se as ediçÔes nacionais e estrangeiras, e as adaptaçÔes para a rĂĄdio, televisĂŁo e cinema. Jorge Amado descreve, em pĂĄginas carregadas de grande beleza, dramatismo e lirismo poucas vezes igualados na literatura universal, a vida dos meninos abandonados nas ruas de SĂŁo Salvador da Bahia. Dividido em trĂȘs partes, o livro atinge um clĂ­max inesquecĂ­vel no capĂ­tulo .Canção da BahĂ­a, Canção da Liberdade., em que Ă© narrada a emocionante despedida de um dos personagens da histĂłria, que se afasta dos seus queridos CapitĂŁes da Areia .na noite misteriosa das macumbas, enquanto os atabaques ressoam como clarins de guerra.

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3.1/5

Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho , Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)

Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that “love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . .” A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that “love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . .” A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune. Maria’s despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness—sexual pleasure for its own sake—or risking everything to find her own “inner light” and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love.

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4.1/5

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann

A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve "the greatest exploration mystery of the 20th century": What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett & his quest for the Lost City of Z? In 1925, Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world's largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humans. But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions inspired Conan Doyle's The Lost World, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions round the globe, Fawcett embarked with his 21-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilisation--which he dubbed Z--existed. Then his expedition vanished. Fawcett's fate, & the tantalizing clues he left behind about Z, became an obsession for hundreds who followed him into the uncharted wilderness. For decades scientists & adventurers have searched for evidence of Fawcett's party & the lost City of Z. Countless have perished, been captured by tribes or gone mad. As Grann delved ever deeper into the mystery surrounding Fawcett's quest, & the greater mystery of what lies within the Amazon, he found himself, like the generations who preceded him, being irresistibly drawn into the jungle's green hell. His quest for the truth & discoveries about Fawcett's fate & Z form the heart of this complexly enthralling narrative.

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3.5/5

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth. The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison- At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth. The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron. After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Cñndido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever. Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived. From the soaring beauty of the Amazon rain forest to the darkest night of Theodore Roosevelt’s life, here is Candice Millard’s dazzling debut.

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3.8/5

Vidas Secas by Graciliano Ramos

Vidas secas, lançado originalmente em 1938, Ă© o romance em que mestre Graciliano — tĂŁo meticuloso que chegava a comparecer Ă  grĂĄfica no momento em que o livro entrava no prelo, para checar se a revisĂŁo nĂŁo haveria interferido em seu texto — alcança o mĂĄximo da expressĂŁo que vinha buscando em sua prosa. O que impulsiona os personagens Ă© a seca, ĂĄspera e cruel, e paradoxalme Vidas secas, lançado originalmente em 1938, Ă© o romance em que mestre Graciliano — tĂŁo meticuloso que chegava a comparecer Ă  grĂĄfica no momento em que o livro entrava no prelo, para checar se a revisĂŁo nĂŁo haveria interferido em seu texto — alcança o mĂĄximo da expressĂŁo que vinha buscando em sua prosa. O que impulsiona os personagens Ă© a seca, ĂĄspera e cruel, e paradoxalmente a ligação telĂșrica, afetiva, que expĂ”e naqueles seres em retirada, Ă  procura de meios de sobrevivĂȘncia e um futuro. Apesar desse sentimento de transbordante solidariedade e compaixĂŁo com que a narrativa acompanha a miĂșda saga do vaqueiro Fabiano e sua gente, o autor contou: Procurei auscultar a alma do ser rude e quase primitivo que mora na zona mais recuada do sertĂŁo... os meus personagens sĂŁo quase selvagens... pesquisa que os escritores regionalistas nĂŁo fazem e nem mesmo podem fazer ...porque comumente nĂŁo sĂŁo familiares com o ambiente que descrevem...Fiz o livrinho sem paisagens, sem diĂĄlogos. E sem amor. A minha gente, quase muda, vive numa casa velha de fazenda. As pessoas adultas, preocupadas com o estĂŽmago, nĂŁo tem tempo de abraçar-se. AtĂ© a cachorra [Baleia] Ă© uma criatura decente, porque na vizinhança nĂŁo existem galĂŁs caninos. Vidas secas Ă© o livro em que Graciliano, visto como antipoĂ©tico e anti-sonhador por excelĂȘncia, consegue atingir, com o rigor do texto que tanto prezava, um estado maior de poesia.

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