(From the publisher):
Ashes of the Amazon
is the story of a long rebellion and the struggle to understand it. The rebel is Mundo, the embittered offshoot of a family split down the middle, whose artistic vocation clashes with his father’s plans; the attempt to understand him falls to Lavo, a hard-working orphan who betters himself – if that’s the word – under the influence of Mundo’s father, a rich businessman with friends in the military.
However, the symbolic heart of the book lies not so much in Manaus and the final years of a boom produced by the merciless exploitation of the forest, but further down the great river, in Vila Amazônia, a palatial villa near Parintins, the centre of a jute plantation and Mundo’s worst nightmare. In his lifelong struggle to escape from his father’s dynastic ambitions, Mundo distances himself as much as possible from this dead-centre of the novel, taking the plot to Rio de Janeiro and the effervescent worlds of Berlin and London in the 1970s.
Original title: Cinzas do Norte
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction