Samba by Alma GuillermoprietoSamba by Alma Guillermoprieto


byAlma Guillermoprieto

Paperback | July 30, 1991

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For one year, Alma Guillermoprieto lived in Manguiera, a village near Rio de Janeiro, to learn the ritual of samba--the sensuous song and dance marked by a rapturous beat--and to take part in Rio's renowned carnivale parade.
Alma Guillermoprieto writes frequently for the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. She is the author of Looking for History, The Heart That Bleeds, and Samba, and she was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1995. Raised in Mexico and the United States, she now makes her home in Mexico City.
Title:SambaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.98 × 5.26 × 0.56 inPublished:July 30, 1991Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:067973256X

ISBN - 13:9780679732563

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A taste of the true Rio Carnaval This book manages to capture some of the ecstatic and primal seduction that is Carnaval in Rio. Through her courageous immersion into one of the most famous favelas (slums) of the Cidade Maravilhosa "Marvelous City" -a place of crushing poverty and home of the city's drug lords, where outsiders rarely venture without a guide- she brings alive the joy and magic that the Cariocas create each year. As one who has had the privilege of dancing at a Samba rehearsal, and then in a Samba parade, I can truly say that Alma's description of the overwhelming physical and spiritual experience that is Rio de Janiero's Carnaval is as close as you can get without being there.
Date published: 2001-05-02

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