Author(s): Geovani Martins; Julia Sanches
Thirteen stories set in Rio' largest favela, gravitating around the lives of young boys and men who, in spite of having to deal with the anguish and difficulties inherent to their age, also struggle with the violence involved in growing up on the less favoured side of the 'Broken City'. 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 colour them, but these stories also depict the pain of growing up with attendant hopes and desires. Geovani Martins has produced a spellbinding debut about masculinity, corruption, guilt, poverty and resilience. It is a story collection is completely of our time yet promises to be profoundly timeless, one that animates and humanises the people of a city whose humanity is often obscured by its own reputation.