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A Death in Brazil Hardcover – 21 Jun 2004

4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (21 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747573158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747573159
  • Package Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,822 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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Peter Robb is the author of Midnight in Sicily, M, and a novel Pig's Blood. He has lived in Europe and Brazil for much of his adult life. He now lives in Sydney, Australia.

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Format: Paperback
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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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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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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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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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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I guess you love Peter Robb's approach or you don't. I love it. As in 'Street Fight in Naples' he flips backwards and forwards between personal reminiscences of his time hanging out in Recife, rather good and concise explanations of recent Brazilian political events, well-told historical episodes and reviews of some important Brazilian literature. Robb is the sort of travel guide who will buy you a cachaca in a seedy dive, treat you to lobster, discuss books in an intelligent way and take you to places that explain things. He is costing me money as I have ordered three more books on his recommendation. I recently read FH Cardoso's 'Accidental President of Brazil' and he covers some of the same ground. Obviously FHC is the insider but I think Robb's account stands up very well against the ex-President's book, and Robb's is a more interesting read.
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By Nico on 8 Mar. 2014
Format: Paperback
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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