The sun on my head : stories

by Martins, Geovani, 1991-

Format: Print Book 2019
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A bestselling literary sensation in Brazil, a powerful debut short-story collection about favela life in Rio de Janeiro

In The Sun on My Head , Geovani Martins recounts the experiences of boys growing up in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the early years of the twenty-first century. Drawing on his childhood and adolescence, Martins uses the rhythms and slang of his neighborhood dialect to capture the texture of life in the slums, where every day is shadowed by a ubiquitous drug culture, the constant threat of the police, and the confines of poverty, violence, and racial oppression. And yet these are also stories of friendship, romance, and momentary relief, as in "Rolézim," where a group of teenagers head to the beach. Other stories, all uncompromising in their realism and yet diverse in narrative form, explore the changes that occur when militarized police occupy the favelas in the lead-up to the World Cup, the cycles of violence in the narcotics trade, and the feelings of invisibility that define the realities of so many in Rio's underclass.

The Sun on My Head is a work of great talent and sensitivity, a daring evocation of life in the favelas by a rising star rooted in the community he portrays.

Lil spin
Russian roulette
The case of the butterfly
The tale of parakeet and ape
Bathroom blonde
The tag
The trip
The mystery of the vila
Padre miguel station
The blind man
The crossing.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Brazilian writer Martins' fiction debut is a collection of 13 vaguely narrative profiles of young men trying to understand their lives in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. They smoke weed, sell weed, and notice the smell of weed lingering on the clothes of passersby in the streets. A boy steals his security-guard father's gun to show it to his friends. A young man steals purses for kicks, another relapses into an old graffiti habit, while another runs into trouble disposing of a body. Drugs and poverty color them, but these brief voice-driven stories are firmly about the hopes and desires of the young men of Rio. With slang-laden, boldly voiced prose that grounds readers in a unique place, Martins transports readers to the streets and beaches of Rio. In much the way that Edward P. Jones' writing breathes life into the Washington D.C. that lies beyond Pennsylvania Avenue, Martins' stories animate and humanize the people of a city whose humanity is often obscured by its own reputation.--Jason Hess Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Young men contend with the violence and corruption of Rio de Janerio in this tantalizing debut from Brazilian Martins. The characters in these stories represent a full spectrum of favela life, from the aspiring graffiti artist, Fernando, who longs to give his son a better childhood than his father offered him ("The Tag") to the drug pusher forced to dispose of the body of a customer he kills in a fit of pique ("The Crossing"). In "Spiral," a student who commutes to a tony neighborhood becomes obsessed with its residents, "who inhabited a world unknown to me"; he stalks one for months before he sees in his subject's "eyes the horror of realization." Martins's characters and the situations they navigate grab the reader's attention, but he often shies away from offering a resolution. "TGIF" defies this tendency, accompanying its protagonist on a harrowing subway ride to score drugs in a distant favela and ending in a confrontation with a crooked cop. In Martins's Rio, every interaction is a negotiation, and everyone is "in the same boat: hard up, dopeless, wanting to chill beachside." This is a promising work from an intriguing new voice. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First American edition.
Other Titles Short stories.
Contributors Sanches, Julia, translator.
Language English
Notes "Originally published in 2018 by Companhia Das Letras, Brazil, as O Sol Na Cabeça."
Description 116 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 9780374223779
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