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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tent of Miracles (1967) by Jorge Amado

Book Review
Tent of Miracles (1967)
by Jorge Amado

Bahia, location of Tent of Miracles by Brazilian author Jorge Amado
  Amado is typically considered the most popular/best Modernist novelist.  He had a lengthy career as a public intellectual and abroad, wrote multiple novels that embraced the fractious modern society of Brazil and was even elected to Congress in Brazil as a Communist.   Tent of Miracles is part of his series of Bahia novels, and mostly concerns the life and times of Pedro Archanjo, a self taught savant of the social sciences who fiercely opposes the racist ideologies of the university professors.  He is also a spiritual talisman for his community, living and loving, fathering children near and far and generally promoting miscegenation as a Brazilian solution to racism.

  I'm told that Tent of Miracle is a satire, and while the prose evokes an occasional chuckle, I think a modern English language reader is going to find much that is particularly funny.  On the other hand it is an insightful portrayal of Brazilian society in the mid 1960's, and what with the Olympics imminent, there is no better time to read up on Brazilian literature.

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