Book: Brazil by Errol Lincoln Uyscategories: Book, Historical Fiction, Historical Novel, Brazilians, Brazil History, Brazil Novel, Brazil Culture, Brazil Society, Brazil People, Brazil Travel, Brazil
Errol Lincoln Uysabout this book: My passion for Brazil goes a long way back to my schooldays, when a teacher asked our class to draw a map of the Amazon River. I took it upon myself to include every tributary of the "River Sea," a myriad of waterways filled with magic and mystery.
Years later, when I came to research my epic novel, I voyaged up the Amazon and down the Madeira-Mamoré, fulfilment of a boy's wonder. My research trip went far beyond Amazonas, a journey of 15,000 miles by bus to every corner of Brazil. I sought a world far beyond the caricatures of endless carnival and happy samba dancers.
I devoted five years to the writing of Brazil, a historical novel that spans five hundred years from 1491 to the 21st century. Two fictional families, the Cavalcantis and the da Silvas, drive the story through the ages, representing two great streams of Brazilian history: the classic plantation owners of the north and the free-spirited pioneers from the south, the bandeirantes (flag-bearers.)
A spellbinding saga on a truly epic scale unfolds in Brazil, Africa and Europe, with unforgettable real and imaginary characters. Among them: the great Tupiniquin warrior, Aruanã; Secundus Proot, protegé of Rembrandt, who wanders into the interior to paint Indians; Black Peter, a freed African slave who takes murderous revenge on his persecutors; Antônio Paciência, Patient Anthony, a hero of the greatest war fought between nations in the Americas; Francisco Solano López, doomed and gallant president of Paraguay; Anthony the Counselor, visionary rebel.
Orginally published by Simon and Shuster almost 30 years ago, a new Afterword brings the story to the present. My epic of Brazil has stood the test of time and won worldwide acclaim from critics and readers. It is as timely as it is compelling, a literary journey to the heart and soul of a great nation and its people.
• "A masterpiece! Brazil has the look and feel of an enchanted virgin forest, a totally new and original world for the reader-explorer to discover." — L'Express, Paris
• "Pulsing with vigor, this is a vast novel to tell the story of a vast country. Uys recreates history almost entirely 'at ground level,' even more densely than James Michener, through the eyes and actions of an awesome cast of characters." — "Publishers Weekly
• "No one before knew how to bring to life Brazil and her history. Uys's characters are brilliant and colorful, combining elements of the best swashbuckler with those worthy of deepest reflection evoking perfectly the grand but interrupted dream that is Brazil." — Le Figaro, Paris
• "Uys has accomplished what no Brazilian author from José de Alencar to José Ubaldo Ribeiro and Jorge Amado was able to do. He is the first to write our national epic in all its decisive episodes – the first outsider to see Brazil with total honesty and sympathy." — Professor Wilson Martins, Jornal do Brasil
• "A massive, richly detailed novel, informative and intriguing. Uys has a sense of pace and an eye for detail that rarely fail him." — Washington Post
• "The richness and authenticity of the setting and the historical detail make the investment in this lavish drama eminently worthwhile." — Booklist
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