The Book of Emotions (Brazilian Literature Series)
by João Almino
translation by Elizabeth Jackson
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Brazil's capital city, Brasilia, conceived by modernist architect Lucio Costa, was built in the late 1950s on what had been an unpopulated desert. Costa envisioned a city in which urban design enabled the existence of an ideal society, a utopian notion that deflated when confronted with reality. Brasilia's once futuristic archways now slouch toward violent suburbs riddled with decay and corruption.
Novelist and former diplomat Joao Almino may be the poet laureate of Costa's failed vision. Disappointment flickers in the background of his novels, all of which deal with attempts by a shifting group of characters to live inside Brasilia's broken shell. Isolated by that city's architecture, Almino's characters wander its parks and stare across its artificial lakes, caught between hope and frustration, incompleteness
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