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Viking, 1985 - Fiction - 194 pages
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Amid the extreme poverty of Rio de Janeiro's Whale Back slum, Helio Cara has a terrible accident which leaves his face scarred beyond recognition. Lacking a face, he lacks identity. Based on a real incident, Cecile Pineda's stunning novel observes Cara as he struggles with a cruelly insensitive medical system until he decides to surgically create a new face himself -- and a new identity. Book jacket.

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Set in Rio de Janeiro, Pineda's 1985 novel ponders the question: If we don't have a face, do we have an identity? That conundrum is the horrible reality faced by Helio Cara, whose facial features are ... Read full review

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