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Title:
Dancing with the devil in the City of God : Rio de Janeiro on the brink
Author:
Barbassa, Juliana, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2015.
Physical Description:
xxiii, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Summary:
Rio de Janeiro is a city of extremes: from Carnaval's hedonistic delights, to the poverty of the favelas, to the softly seductive samba beat. But there's a dark side to this beautiful city: for years, Rio was ravaged by inflation, drug wars, and crooked leaders, and the legacy of decades of corruption can be seen in the very real struggles the city faces today. Now, Rio is ready to remake itself, this time into a global, modern capital ready for its turn on the world stage with the Olympics in 2016. But at what price? Armed with sharp prose and a reporter's instinct, Rio-born journalist Juliana Barbassa brings a firsthand glimpse of what's really happening in Rio (the good, the bad, and the maddening). She paints a fascinating picture of this city "on the brink, " explaining how Rio will succeed (or fail) based on the choices its leaders and citizens make today. But through it all, she never loses sight of the human face of Rio.--Adapted from book jacket.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction, or, is God Brazilian? -- Rio, home -- The rise of the Red Command -- Whacking the weeds -- Fear and heat -- In the heart of evil -- Not for beginners -- It's complicated, querida -- Saving themselves -- Beautiful and broken -- The first carioca -- Long live construction -- The business of sex -- Love is essential -- Dignified living conditions -- We built this city -- The world belongs to the daring -- Futebol nation -- The Cup of Cups.
ISBN:
9781476756257
Format :
Book