In the Land of God and Man by Silvana Paternostro
Confronting Our Sexual Culture

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When Silvana Paternostro went to Brazil in 1993 to research a report on women and AIDS in Latin America, she was confronted with the startling fact that married, monogamous women in the region were at much greater risk of being HIV positive than female prostitutes. Interviewing a Columbian AIDS specialist, she learned that 80% of his female HIV patients were infected as a result of their husbands having unprotected sex with other men. The AIDS epidemic was exposing what Paternostro, a Colombian-born Latina, instinctively knew: that behind the silence, secrets, and feelings of guilt and shame accompanying sex in staunchly Catholic Latin America is a paradoxical reality where male bi-sexuality, prostitution, and transvestism are routine and accepted parts of life at every level of society. Layered with history, careful research, blistering social commentary, and the author's own vivid and candid anecdotes and impressions, In the Land of God and Man is a rich, compelling narrative account which represents a missing chapter in the annals of Latin American literature. Paternostro redraws the map of Latin America, extending its borders from Quito, Ecuador, to Queens, New York, and summons women out of the factories and favelas, the boardrooms and brothels, to tell their illuminating and alarming stories.

* This is the first major narrative nonfiction book about Latinas by a Latina
* Writers such as Julia Alvarez, Ana Castillo, and Christina Garcia have proven the size and strength of this readership.

About Silvana Paternostro

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Silvana Paternostro is a Colombian-born journalist. Her articles have appeared in "The New York Times Magazine," "The Washington Post," and "Time," among other publications, and she is the author of "In the Land of God and Man," a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. In 1999 she was selected by Time/CNN as one of the fifty Latin American leaders for the millennium. A senior fellow at the World Policy Institute, Paternostro lives in New York City.
Published November 1, 1998 by Dutton Adult. 304 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A daughter of Colombian elites who describes herself as ""white"" (but later revises this to ""cafe con leche"") and who takes inspiration from Machiavelli, Paternostro aims to educate women and to inspire their political activism, to transform ""empowerment"" into more than ""words in academic p...

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