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What is the vibrant and colourful event of carnival all about?

The Brazilian 2012 Carnival officially kicked off in Rio on Friday 17th February (festivities started the previous day in places like Salvador de Bahia), and will run for five days. Carnival provides one of the main turning points in my … Continue reading

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Author’s research notes: Carnival of Hope – the women’s rich sexual banter

Another feature of the research was how common sexual teasing and banter is in the favelas. Here are some examples which I unearthed, and then a scene to depict how this aspect was used in the novel: Erotic language is … Continue reading

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Author’s research notes for Carnival of Hope – How was the north-eastern shantytown depicted in the novel created?

I read several modern day anthropological studies (1980’s) of places in the north-east of Brazil to come up with the fictitious shantytown where the story begins. Some of the descriptions of these places included: • Smoky, fly-infested huts, hungry toddlers … Continue reading

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Carnival of Hope – due for publication 20 November 2011

Today, Brazil is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. But in the 1990s, only a few years after the book burning military dictators returned to their barracks, the country experienced severe economic stagnation with hyperinflation running at … Continue reading

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