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World Affairs Council Book Club via ZOOM

The World Affairs Council Book Club will discuss The Sun on My Head by Geovani Martins

 

 

Event date: 
Sunday, June 27, 2021 - 11:00am
Event address: 
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA
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Books: 
The Sun on My Head: Stories Cover Image
By Geovani Martins, Julia Sanches (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781250619501
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Published: Picador - August 18th, 2020

June  2021 Selection:

In The Sun on My Head, Geovani Martins recounts the experiences of boys growing up in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the early years of the twenty-first century. Drawing on his childhood and adolescence, Martins uses the rhythms and slang of his neighborhood dialect to capture the texture of life in the slums, where every day is shadowed by a ubiquitous drug culture, the constant threat of the police, and the confines of poverty, violence, and racial oppression. And yet these are also stories of friendship, romance, and momentary relief, as in "Rolézim," where a group of teenagers head to the beach. Other stories, all uncompromising in their realism and yet diverse in narrative form, explore the changes that occur when militarized police occupy the favelas in the lead-up to the World Cup, the cycles of violence in the narcotics trade, and the feelings of invisibility that define the realities of so many in Rio's underclass.

The Sun on My Head is a work of great talent and sensitivity, a daring evocation of life in the favelas by a rising star rooted in the community he portrays.


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