'Bryson’s curiosity is addictive. This book is a tour of Brazil’s astonishing spiritual diversity — joyful, tragic, full of wonders — and a meditation on how we feel at home.'
In Brazil, you can commune with spirits and dance with gods. In Brazil, you can learn a lot about life's possibilities.
Seven years of travel in Brazil saw Fran Bryson's fascination with the country develop into something of an obsession with its culture, religions, and history. During many journeys from her island home in Australia, she explored the country: from the glittering modern city of Brasilia to small, deeply religious towns; from the inner reaches of the Amazon jungle to the vibrant backlands -- home to outcasts and the possessed -- and finally to the sweat-drenched streets of Rio during Carnaval.
Lyrical and mesmerising, In Brazil is Fran's account of her experiences travelling through one of the world's most colourful and contradictory nations and, in doing so, making sense of the world around them.
'A wise and dazzling personal exploration of the beauty and strangeness of Brazil, its history and its culture.'
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‘[A] closely observed, lyrically written, deeply empathetic account of seven years’ worth of travels though the world’s fifth largest country … it heralds the arrival of a promising new talent in the travel writing field.’
Matthew Clayfield, Weekend Australian
'[Bryson] fills her narrative with characters, culture, and history, often creating vivid scenes in this primer for those curious about the country that will try to reveal itself as the land of the future when it hosts this year's Olympic Games. Travel writers often reveal as much about themselves as the places they explore and the people they encounter. Bryson proves herself to be an amiable and curious explorer ... In Brazil should spur readers towards further forays into understanding the country.'
Australian Book Review
‘[A] multi-flavoured and textured entrée to a country that is once again facing turmoil.’
Rebecca Tansley, North and South
‘A rather fine introduction to this vast, diverse and gloriously unwieldy nation, which should have any Rio-bound revelers checking whether they can add a couple of extra plane-hops onto their visit.’
‘A breezy, episodic trek around the football nation, all samba voodoo, carnival and ayahuasca … Light and upbeat.’
‘A wise and deeply personal look at the beauty and extremes of Brazil, from religious towns to Rio Carnival.’