Tagged: Brazil

Who’s Afraid of the Blue Fairy

            by Lino de Albergaria translated by Hal Reames drawings by Andréa Vilela Rich with insight and wit, “Who’s Afraid of the Blue Fairy” describes the numerous conflicts that exist in contemporary life. More than we know, our children struggle to cope with differing worldviews, trying to make sense, among other things, of their parents’ ideas about “politically correct” education. These views touch on environmental and social issues as they intersect with the lure of advertising and consumerism. The latter is an almost irresistible energy, which surrounds our daily existence, as we immerse ourselves in our networked realities. This book begs the question: Can children survive, mature, and be happy without the pleasures and temptations related to the act of consuming?

Welcome to America

by Noga Sklar In Welcome to America, Noga Sklar chronicles her first year as a legal immigrant in the US, including the adventure of receiving a Green Card and a South Carolina drivers license. Divided between her working day in Brazil, where she still runs a company through the Internet, and the building of a new foundation in a new country, Noga shares her deep feelings and ironic views on Brazilian and international politics, the American way of life, love and conflict, daily routine, the small things that turn each life into a meaningful, unique experience. Noga has been chronicling her life throughout her marriage with Alan Sklar in 2005, having already published more than 3,000 pages in her native Portuguese.  Welcome to America is her first book published in English.

No Degrees of Separation

              by Noga Sklar With her firm control over the act of writing, Noga Sklar produced in No Degrees of Separation something that is not an epistolary novel, nor poetic prose, nor fiction, nor a diary — albeit it contains elements of all those — while, at the same time, shamelessly exhibiting the autobiographical source that feeds it. It might be the case to affirm that, with No Degrees of Separation, Noga has written the post-post-modern version of Solomon’s Song of Songs. As in that ancient text, one of the very first in erotic literature, Noga follows the delicate thread that unites the written word to eroticism. By alternating the voices of the two passionate lovers (Noga and Alan) in a dialogue that draws them near and intertwines them, but without ever confusing them (they never cease to mingle with each other, while successfully remaining themselves, a man and a woman, Noga and Alan, incessantly hungry for each other) she shows us how eroticism and the written word fertilize each other and are made consubstantial.

A Curious Journey Through Timeless Humanism

By Adriana Jorge   “Moishele” is the only diminutive the reader will find in Mauricio Wrot’s debut as a novelist. Through a humanistic view of life, Wrots, a Brazilian journalist who lives in Rio de Janeiro, will take the reader on a poignant, touching and also delicate journey: 200 pages that tell the story of Mendel Rosenstrauch, a Polish Jew who immigrated to Brazil before World War II. Moral and religious dilemmas are openly expressed. The book will certainly affect the reader, regardless of religion or cultural background, as it highlights historical and tragic events such as the Holocaust, the Inquisition, slavery in Brazil and Allan Kardec’s Spiritism. The lives of Mendel, a charismatic sexagenarian Polish immigrant, and his also Polish, quiet and frustrated wife Faiga — in Brazil, more precisely in Rio de Janeiro, in a neighborhood called Grajaú — will turn upside down on a rainy day in 1938, with the unexpected arrival of Vicentina. Looking for a job as a maid, the single mother, a descendant of Brazilian slaves and a practitioner of Umbanda (an Afro-Brazilian religion), brought with her a baby son, Jorge, who will later become Moishele, as he was “saved from the waters.” As the book accurately describes the precepts of Judaism, the freethinker and Kabbalist Mendel will introduce Moishele to his own religion and, at the same time allow him the freedom to search for his own faith, which includes attending Catholic masses and Umbanda’s ceremonies. Both characters, together, will deal with ethical paradoxes, doubts and situations related to racism, anti-Semitism, fate, science, astrology, love affairs and passion, among others. The description of Brazilian costumes and environment provides a soft, friendly touch to the book, in contrast to deep and polemical topics such as the Inquisition, religious conversion and the consequences of slavery...