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A Death in Brazil: A Book of Omissions [Paperback]

Peter Robb
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6 Jun 2005
Delving into Brazil's baroque past, Peter Robb writes about its history of slavery and the richly multicultural but disturbed society that was left in its wake when the practice was abolished in the late nineteenth century. Even today, Brazil is a nation of almost unimaginable distance between its wealthy and its poor, a place of extraordinary levels of crime and violence. It is also one of the most beautiful and seductive places on earth. Using the art, food and the books of its great nineteenth-century writer, Machado de Assis, Robb takes us on a journey into a world like Conrad's "Nostromo". A world so absurdly dramatic, like the current president Lula's fight for power, that it could have come from one of the country's immensely popular TV soap operas, a world where resolution is often only provided by death. Like all the best travel writing, "A Death in Brazil" immerses you deep into the heart of a fascinating country.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (6 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747573166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747573166
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘It is compellingly readable and elegant. In fact, anyone planning a trip to Brazil should read this book’ -- Daily Mail

‘It’s a brilliant piece of writing ... a dark and thrilling ride through Brazilian life and history … necessary reading’ -- Daily Express

‘Outstanding … a heady and fascinating picture of an extraordinary country’ -- Daily Telegraph

‘Robb is a superb stylist, and this brilliant dissection of modern Brazil is unputdownable’ -- Sunday Times

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Peter Robb has lived in Europe and Brazil for much of his adult life. He now lives in Sydney, Australia.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to understand more about Brazil? 23 Dec 2009
This is an exceptionally good book: entertaining, informative and fascinating. It splits into three revolving strands. 1) The author's personal experience in Brazil (which sometimes reads like a thriller) including insights on culture, food and language, 2) the history of Brazil from it's colonisation by the Portuguese (which sometimes reads like a thriller) including views on why Brazil is so culturally different from the Spanish colonies, and indeed North America and 3) the recent history of Brazil (which is a thriller) from the military dictatorship until today's president Lula with amazing background on where Collor and Lula came from and what their entourage was all about. I wish there was a book like this on every country I ever visit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First class 17 Sep 2005
Peter Robb's book is a masterpiece - nothing I have read in recent years comes as close to giving the reader a deep and meaningful insight into this fascinating country. From corruption to carnival, from history to food, Robb is the master of his topic and you move effortlessly through a book that is always a compelling read. You put 'A Death in Brazil' down at the end with that sense of regret you always get with a book that is a truly wonderful read. I was entertained and informed at the same time, and didn't want it to end. If you want a better understanding of Brazil - its terrible problems and its wonderful people and culture - simply don't hesitate to buy this book. Should the author chance to read this - I would just like to say thank you for a terrific piece of work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written 14 Nov 2010
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An unexpectedly good book. He is a very good author. The subject matter was very interesting as well.
Makes English politics look a bit dull. It perhaps rambled a bit at the start but overall it was very enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant 13 April 2013
Such an accessible and fascinating insight into one of the worlds most contradictory and complicated countries. The myth-busting element i especially loved. A really gripping historical narrative of a fiercely fought battle for Presidency. Buy it - its great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insight into Brazil 13 July 2011
By geoff H
This book is excellent background for any traveller who wants to understand the Brazilians. It covers the history, politics, culture and social conditions from the first Portuguese settlers up to the 21st century. Although mainly focused on the north east of the country the observations have wider relevance. The book is well written from the perspective of a visitor who, based in his local bar, investigates sociological issues that interest him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 8 Mar 2014
This is a genius book. Food, art, music and political history all combine in a truly masterful travel book on Brazil.
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