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The Collector of Leftover Souls

Field Notes on Brazil's Everyday Insurrections
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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ISBN
978-1-64445-005-5
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Paperback
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Pages
232
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25
Urgent investigative essays covering a wide range of humanity in Brazil, from the Amazon to the favelas

About the Author

Eliane  Brum
Credit: Lilo Clareto
Eliane Brum is a writer, journalist, and documentary maker, and the author of five books of nonfiction and the novel One Two. The Collector of Leftover Souls: Field Notes on Brazil’s Everyday Insurrections is her first work of nonfiction to be translated into English. She has won over forty journalism prizes and honors, is a columnist for El País, and collaborates with the Guardian.

http://elianebrum.com/
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Diane Grosklaus Whitty has translated The Collector of Leftover Souls: Field Notes on Brazil’s Everyday Insurrections by Eliane Brum, as well as Activist Biology by Regina Horta Duarte, and The Sanitation of Brazil by Gilberto Hochman. She has also translated prose and poetry by Adriana Lisboa, Marina Colasanti, and Ma´rio Quintana, among others. Her translations have appeared in the Guardian, the Lancet, History Today, and Litro. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Praise

  • “Eliane Brum has it all and is a unique voice that understands the Brazil of today.”—Juan Pablo Villalobos
  • “[Eliane Brum’s] vision of human beings isn’t tainted by buzzwords or what she or they ought to feel. Her sympathies are broad, nuanced, and humane.”—Tom Sleigh
  • “Eliane Brum asks us on every page to contemplate the privileged gaze . . . and to consider how it might be transformed into art and, ultimately, action.”—Francisco Cantú
  • “With lyricism and heart, renowned journalist Eliane Brum draws us into the lives of everyday Brazilians and their stories, until we see not one Brazil but many.”—Frances de Pontes Peebles
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