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The Collector of Leftover Souls

Field Notes on Brazil's Everyday Insurrections
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Eliane Brum, Translated from the Portuguese by Diane Grosklaus Whitty
Eliane Brum is a star journalist in Brazil, known for her polyphonic writing that gives voice to people often underrepresented in popular literature. Brum’s reporting takes her into Brazil’s most marginalized communities: she visits the Amazon to understand the practice of indigenous midwives, stays in São Paulo’s favelas to witness the joy of a marriage and the tragedy of young men dying due to drugs and guns, and wades through the mud to capture the boom and bust of modern-day gold rushes. Brum is an enormously sensitive and perceptive interlocutor, and as she visits these places she provides intimate glimpses into both everyday and extraordinary lives: a poor father on the way to bury his son, a street performer who eats glass, a woman living out her final 115 days, and a hoarder rescuing the “leftover souls” of the city.

The Collector of Leftover Souls showcases the best of Brum’s work from two books, combining short profiles with longer reported pieces. These vibrant missives range across current issues such as the human cost of exploiting natural resources; the Belo Monté Dam’s eradication of a way of life for those on the banks of the Xingu River; and the contrast between urban centers and remote villages. Told in the vibrant and idiomatic language of the people Brum writes about, The Collector of Leftover Souls is a vital work of investigative journalism from an internationally acclaimed author.

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Urgent investigative essays covering a wide range of humanity in Brazil, from the Amazon to the favelas

About the Author

Eliane  Brum
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Eliane Brum is an award-winning Brazilian journalist, writer, and documentarist. Her first work of nonfiction to be translated into English, The Collector of Leftover Souls, was long-listed for the National Book Award. She lives in Altamira, in the Amazon.
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Diane Whitty has translated over a dozen major books from the Portuguese, including The Collector of Leftover Souls by Eliane Brum. She spent twenty-three years in Brazil and now lives in Wisconsin with her husband.
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  • Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Translated Literature
  • “In confirming the humanity of those whom we might easily overlook, Brum’s writing is a call to greater awareness of the lives around us.”Ploughshares
  • “While Brum does not shy away from the violence and poverty that sometimes overshadow Brazil's reputation, her talent is in profiling and humanizing people who are too often treated as an undifferentiated mass. In the process, she honors their pursuit of joy and justice--their everyday insurrections.”Shelf Awareness
  • “Ordinary lives rendered extraordinary by a master journalist who captures all their perplexity and quiet rebellion.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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