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When a cruel-hearted woman locks away her niece for falling in love, a holy statue of Saint Barbara of the Thunder miraculously comes to life in the city of Bahia to set things right, changing the lives of everyone she encounters. Reprint. *Author: Amado, Jorge/ Rabassa, Gregory *Publication Date: 1995/03/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 6.25 *Height: 9.25
Jorge Amado (whose last name translates as "Beloved") grew up on a cacao plantation in Brazil, and much of his early writing reflects his firsthand knowledge of the appalling conditions under which the plantation workers lived. Amado worked as a journalist as a young man, and suffered for his outspoken radical politics; he was imprisoned in 1935, and was forced into exile several times. In the mid-1940s, he served in the Brazilian parliament as a member of the Communist party, at which time he also began to write novels; eventually, he said, he had to choose between politics and literature, and unhesitatingly chose the latter, believing that the world didn't need more politicians but that there were not enough writers. His unvarying concerns have been support for the poor and downtrodden and a deep sympathy with women characters--unusual in the macho society of much of Brazil. Amado became so revered in Brazil as a writer that restaurants, whiskeys, and grocery products were named after his characters; his most celebrated works are DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS and GABRIELA, CLOVE AND CINNAMON. He was married for 56 years to Z?lia Gettai (also a writer) with whom he had a son and a daughter. At his death, the president of Brazil declared a three-day period of mourning.
"A novel of great richness, composed by one of the masters of 20th century literature."
"Through the lighthearted, lively, rhythmical Carnaval atmosphere that Mr. Amado so engagingly evokes--as if he were synthesizing elements of primitive art within an intentionally naive style--he manages to animate the animistic side of his native land. As a result, even extreme magic realism seems perfectly normal in Mr. Amado's Bahia....[A] triumphantly satirical epic that takes to pieces critics and professors, Marxists and fascists, generals and judges, priests and politicians and policemen -- in short, anyone with any power in Brazil. And, at the same time, the novel lionizes the people of Bahia (many of them real), especially the artists, poets and musicians, the innocents and the lovers, the priests and priestesses..."
From the Publisher
Amado's story of a religious statue that comes to life takes place during Carnaval in Bahia. Jorge Amado describes his novel as "the small tale of Adalgisa and Manela and a few other descendants of the love between the Spaniard Francisco Romero Perez y Perez and Andreza da Anunciacao, the beautiful Andreza de Yansan, a dark mulatto girl."
Jorge Amado has been called one of the great writers of our time. The joyfulness of his storytelling and his celebration of lifes sensual pleasures have found him a loyal following. With The War Of The Saints, he has created an exuberant tale set among the flashing rhythms, intoxicating smells, and bewitching colors of the carnival. The holy icon of Saint Barbara of the Thunder is bound for the city of Bahia for an exhibition of holy art. As the boat the bears the image is docking, a miracle occurs and Saint Barbara comes to life, disappearing into the milling crowd on the quay. Somewhere in the city a young woman has fallen in love, and her prudish guardian aunt has locked her away--an act of intolerance that Saint Barbara must redress. And when she casts her spell over the city, no one's life will remain unchanged.
Editors Note 2
The holy icon of Saint Barbara of the Thunder is bound for the city of Bahia for an exhibition of holy art. As the boat that bears the image is docking, a miracle occurs and Saint Barbara comes to life, disappearing into the milling crowd on the quay. It is up to her to save a young woman from missing out on the love of a lifetime.