By John Malathronas
Brazil is an eclectic state that conjures up photographs of vivid carnivals, crowded shanty cities and soccer at the seashore. formed via its many cultures, the Portugese, African, local Indian and eu groups have ensured the evolution of a colorful, assorted inhabitants. John Malathronas fell prey to Brazil's seductive attract within the early Eighties, a fascination that maintains to this present day. His odyssey during the adrenaline-fuelled, chaotic urban bars, the extravagant carnival, the plush rainforest and the destitute shanty cities finds the throbbing heartbeat of the rustic.
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He had crossed the border in Letitia, the Colombian frontier town famous for its unruliness and contraband. ’ 48 THE MYTHS ARE ALIVE I wondered whether Martin was a FARC narcotics agent or whether he was just travelling through on sheer chutzpah. ’ He rolled over to the window and didn’t speak to me again. Lindóia was three huts, four men and two sleeping dogs. I stomped on my foot getting off the bus. It hurt. It was so swollen, it looked as if I’d worn a ski boot under my sock. As soon as we stopped, Martin ignored me and spent the rest of his time with Avelinho.
You’re lucky his friends in the corner didn’t shoot you with their gun,’ was their response. ***** I passed the market by Rua Uruguay and reached Praça Tiradentes, a quiet spot in the mad megalopolis for a change. This is the old Largo do Rossio: one hundred years ago this square was the centre of nightlife in Rio with cafés, bars and French-style high-society brothels. Here also stood the Cinema São José, which had hosted those transvestite balls forty years ago. Nowadays the middle-class flight southwards has left only dingy shops and derelict, unoccupied buildings.
I pulled out the mattress and recoiled in disgust. The inside of the concrete structure that held my bed was hollow. It was sheltering a full-blown cockroach nest teeming with brown twoinchers, which became very aggrieved when hit by the light. Needless to say, I fled. ***** Fifty-five years after Orellana (who also confirmed Carvajal’s reports about the Amazons back in Spain), Sir Walter Raleigh sailed up the Orinoco specifically to reach the ‘Inca empire of El Dorado’, as he put it in The Discoverie of the Large and Bewtiful Empyre of Guiana; with a Relation of the great and golden City of Manoa, which the Spaniards call El Dorado.
Brazil: Life, Blood and Soul by John Malathronas