by Paulo Lins - £10.99 Bloomsbury Publishing (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780747576808 | ISBN 10: 0747576807
Based on a true story, this is a sprawling, magnificently told epic about the history of gang life in Rio's favelas. It is the original novel on which the Oscar-nominated film was based.
Cicade de Deus, the City of God... Welcome to one of Rio's most notorious slums. A place where the streets are awash with drugs, where violence can erupt at any moment - over drugs, money... or love... But also where the samba beat rocks till dawn, where the women are the most beautiful on earth, and where one young man wants to escape his background and become a photographer.
Paulo Lins was born in Rio de Janeiro and at seven moved to the City of God housing project, He escaped the cycle of violence there to become an internationally celebrated writer, and still lives in Rio.
This novel is the result of extended research in the housing project where Lins was raised. He spent eight years interviewing people and researching the drug trafficking and gang warfare that marked the neighbourhood in the 1970s and 80s.
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