Rio de Janeiro by Luiz Eduardo Soares
Extreme City

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...The book is most illuminating when the city’s personality fuses with that of Soares...As a body of powerful descriptive essays, they gradually reveal the violence and corruption that underpins so much of the quotidian experience of the Cariocas, as the inhabitants of Rio are known.
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A book as rich and sprawling as the seductive metropolis it evokes, Rio de Janeiro builds a kaleidoscopic portrait of this city of extremes, and its history of conflict and corruption. Award-winning novelist, ex-government minister and sociologist, Luiz Eduardo Soares tells the story of Rio through the everyday lives of its people: gangsters and police, activists, politicians and struggling migrant workers, each with their own version of the city. Taking us on a journey into Rio's intricate world of favelas, beaches and corridors of power, Soares reveals one of the most extraordinary cities in the world in all its seething, agonistic beauty.
 

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Published May 5, 2016 by Penguin. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by John Kampfner on May 23 2016

Luiz Eduardo Soares is well placed to explain and illustrate. A political scientist, activist and briefly national security chief, he casts a melancholic gaze at Brazil’s most famous city...

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Reviewed by Misha Glenny on May 19 2016

...The book is most illuminating when the city’s personality fuses with that of Soares...As a body of powerful descriptive essays, they gradually reveal the violence and corruption that underpins so much of the quotidian experience of the Cariocas, as the inhabitants of Rio are known.

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