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Nd then discards his black lover for a wealthy white woman In the other we witness the innocent yet dangerous love affair between a strong pragmatic gentle giant sort of immigrant and a vivacious mulatto woman who both live in a tenement owned by said landlord The two immigrant heroes are originally Portuguese and thus personify two alternate outsider responses to Brazil As translator David H Rosenthal points out in his useful Introduction one is the capitalist drawn to new markets uick prestige and untapped resources the other the prudent European drawn moth like to the light and sexual heat of the tropicsA deftly told deeply moving and hardscrabble novel that features several stirring passages about life in the streets the melting pot realities of the modern city and the oft unstable mind of the crowd The Slum will captivate anyone who might appreciate apoetic less political take on the nineteenth century naturalism of Crane or Dreis.
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This enormously popular and influential Brazilian novel first published n is a landmark work of accusatory naturalism whose energetic author at his best deserves comparison with Balzac a likely influence and his exact contemporary Zola The story concerns two obsessive love affairs and their disastrous conseuences that of the amusingly named Romao an avaricious landowner who gives up everything including his black mistress to pursue a wealthy white woman and that of his tenants the hulking well meaning Jeronimo and the mulatto spitfire Rita Bahiana for whose sake he destroys several lives including his own Azevedo is a passionate sometimes hortatory writer who tends to overmanage and needlessly explain but his portrayals of urban discontent rampant materialism and especially of restless souls shaped and driven by their desires have an immediacy and authority that transcend while not uite eschewing melodrama and have aged remarkably well.
Characters The Slum (Library of Latin America) (English Edition) eBook: Aluísio Azevedo, David H. Rosenthal, Richard Graham, Alfonso Romano de SantAnna: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EUS.à r.l.
Copyright Kirkus Associates LP All rights reservedFirst published in and undoubtedly Azevedo s masterpiece The Slum is one of the most widely read and critically acclaimed novels ever written about Brazil Indeed its great popularity realistic descriptions archetypal situations detailed local coloring and overall race consciousness may well evoke Huckleberry Finn as the novel s North American euivalent Yet Azevedo also exhibits the naturalism of Zola and the ironic distance of Balzac while tragic beautiful and imaginative as a work of fiction The Slum is universally regarded as one of the best or truest portraits of Brazilian society ever renderedThis is a vivid and complex tale of passion and greed a story with many different strands touching on the different economic tiers of society Mainly however The Slum thrives on two intersecting story lines In one narrative a penny pinching immigrant landlord strives to become a rich investor a.