Waiting for Rain: The Politics and Poetry of Drought in Northeast Brazil

Waiting for Rain: The Politics and Poetry of Drought in Northeast Brazil

by Nicholas Gabriel Arons
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0816524335

ISBN-13: 9780816524334

Pub. Date: 10/01/2004

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

Arons, a writer and lawyer who has done research in Brazil, Iraq, and Guatemala, draws on interviews with everyday people as well as artists and poets and on his own experiences in the Brazilian Northeast to examine the impact of drought in the region and the phenomenon of drought politics. He intertwines ecological, social, and political issues with the words of some

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Arons, a writer and lawyer who has done research in Brazil, Iraq, and Guatemala, draws on interviews with everyday people as well as artists and poets and on his own experiences in the Brazilian Northeast to examine the impact of drought in the region and the phenomenon of drought politics. He intertwines ecological, social, and political issues with the words of some of Brazil's most prominent authors and folk poets to show how themes surrounding drought have become embedded in the region's identity. High quality b&w photos and woodcuts are included. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816524334
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Pages:
251
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Forewordxiii
Preface: Fusion and Confusionxvii
1Earth and Wind1
2Snapshots of the Northeast17
3The Apocalypse28
4Poetry on a String39
5From the Sertao to the Streets51
6The Land Is Good, the Sky Is Bad62
7Holy Jeronimo!74
8The Politics of Drought91
9Messiahs, Troubadours, and Bards111
10Homer of the Sertao130
11Government Corrals and a "World Covered in Pain"145
12Nasa or Jacob154
13The Priest163
14"Walking Single-File to the World Beyond"171
15An Old Man Dancing184
16"So As Not to Say That I Did Not Speak of Flowers"193
17Air and Fire202
Notes211
Glossary229
Bibliography231
Index247

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