City of God (Paulo Lins)

"Words are born in thought, leaving lips, they acquire soul in the ears, yet sometimes this auditory magic does not make it as far as the mouth because it is swallowed dry.”

"Words are born in thought, leaving lips, they acquire soul in the ears, yet sometimes this auditory magic does not make it as far as the mouth because it is swallowed dry.”

Brazil / 1997

This 496-page novel was the blueprint for the internationally acclaimed Brazilian film, City of God. Written in 1997, it's a semi-autobiographical take on Paulo Lins' upbringing in a community in Rio named Cidade de Deus (City of God). Sweeping in it's scope, it takes on the community's complex history of gangs, violence and corruption.