Freedom Sun in the Tropics

Freedom Sun in the Tropics

Brazilian Literature in Translation Series

by Ana Maria Machado

Translated by Renata R. M. Wasserman

Published by: Tagus Press

288 pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781933227955
  • Published: November 2020

$19.95

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Based upon the author’s own experiences of life, exile, and return under the dictatorship that gripped Brazil in the 1960s and 1970s, Freedom Sun in the Tropics follows Lena, a journalist, as she resists violence and political repression, and decides to flee to Paris. Upon her eventual return, Lena soon discovers that the dictatorship’s prison walls have enclosed private lives and hold strong even after the collapse of authoritarianism. With friendship, truth, and family broken, she struggles to make the difficult return to freedom and regain a sense of life—and simple decency—on the other side of trauma. Originally published in 1988, Ana Maria Machado’s novel vividly captures one of the darkest periods in recent Brazilian history.