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By: Ledo Ivo


Published: 1st October 1981
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A satiric look at life under a repressive dictatorship focuses on a mysterious death everyone believes caused by a secret organization known as the Brotherhood

Jon M. Tolman, in an introduction, describes this book by Brazilian novelist/poet Ivo as "a microcosm of violence and corruption" as well as a political allegory critical of the Vargas regime of mid-century Brazil and the current dictatorship. But though all this may be true, the American reader is likely to take away less politics from this "tale badly told" (the novel's disingenuous subtitle) than a kind of conglomerate of history and mood: the sort of magical shuffle plus regional genealogy that is so characteristic of the contemporary Latin-American novel. A wandering fox is killed in the streets of Maceio, in the province of Alagoas - an obviously, but obscurely, symbolic event. A travel agent commits suicide (or was he killed by the Brotherhood, a local mafia?). A whore yearns to work in the established precincts of a brothel. A bastard bachelor is caught and tortured and killed for writing and sending anonymous letters of scandal. A nun meditates on the seamlessness of evil. All these vignettes are mixed up in the sweaty pot of a port-city's locale; and the stew is piquant enough - rococo, sensual. But one gets the feeling that a lot of the original flavors here have been badly spoiled in shipping - and though this montage is frequently interesting, only those highly expert in Brazilian political history will be likely to make much sense of it. (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9780811208079
ISBN-10: 0811208079
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 148
Published: 1st October 1981
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.2  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.14