An Emerald for Iamanja

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Simon & Pierre, 1990 - Fiction - 228 pages
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"One of Rio's seven hundred thousand homeless street urchins looking in on the forbidden, unobtainable, dazzlingly beautiful life on the other side of Copacabana. A world of magic. A world saturated with pleasure, and as far away from the rotting stench of the Baixada Fluminese up on the hill as heaven from hell."

This is the life of Paulo Batista, a sixteen-year-old from the Rio slums, who commits a serious crime. To escape the police, he and his friend Bippo being Quixotian journey that enables Paulo to see the world of Rio from a new perspective.

A study of crime and redemption, of childhood and maturity, of sadness and humor, this is a masterpiece by a gifted storyteller.

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Michael Jacot is an Associate Professor at York University, Toronto, where he teaches screenwriting. The Toronto film production company he founded has produced over two hundred documentaries, feature films, and short films. He is also the author of five novels, including The Last Butterfly, a novel on the holocaust, translated into nine languages, and of Wind from Across the River, a tale of the far north.

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