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Macmillan Farrar, Strauss and Giroux Winter 2018

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Brazil
A Biography
By (author): Lilia M. Schwarcz By (author): Heloisa M. Starling
9780374280499 Hardcover, Dust jacket English HISTORY / Latin America / South America Aug 21, 2018 Print Run: 10000
$52.00 CAD
Active 6.49 x 9.21 x 1.72 in 800 pages Black-and-White Illustrations, Maps / Notes, Index Farrar Straus & Giroux Farrar, Straus and Giroux
For many Americans, Brazil is a land of contradictions: vast natural resources and entrenched corruption; extraordinary wealth and grinding poverty; beautiful beaches and violence-torn favelas. Brazil occupies a vivid place in the American imagination, and yet it remains largely unknown. In an extraordinary journey that spans five hundred years, from European colonization to the 2016 Summer Olympics, Lilia M. Schwarcz and Heloisa M. Starling's Brazil offers a rich, dramatic history of this complex country. The authors not only reconstruct the epic story of the nation but follow the shifting byways of food, art, and popular culture; the plights of minorities; and the ups and downs of economic cycles. Drawing on a range of original scholarship in history, anthropology, political science, and economics, Schwarcz and Starling reveal a long process of unfinished social, political, and economic progress and struggle, a story in which the troubled legacy of the mixing of races and postcolonial political dysfunction persist to this day.

Lilia M. Schwarcz was born in 1957 in São Paulo, Brazil. She is a professor of anthropology at the University of São Paulo, a visiting professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures and the Program in Latin American Studies at Princeton University, and the author of The Emperor's Beard and The Spectacle of the Races . Heloisa M. Starling is a professor of history at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and the author of Memories of Brazil and The Lords of Gerais .

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"An exquisite synthesis of the Brazilian past." - O Estado de São Paulo "A sensitive and deep dive into the Brazilian soul." - Folha de São Paulo

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