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By Tom Winterbottom

This ebook reports structure and literature of Rio de Janeiro, the “Marvellous City,” from the revolution of 1889 to the Olympics of 2016, taking the reader on a trip in the course of the historical past of the town. This examine deals a wide-ranging and thought-provoking perception that strikes from ruins to Modernism, from the prior to the long run, from futebol to fiction, and from seashore to favela, to discover the remarkable feature—decadence—at the center of this specific and likely undying city international. An cutting edge and in-depth research of constructions, books, and characters within the city’s glossy historical past, this basic new paintings units the reader within the excellent global of Rio de Janeiro.

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That temporal gesture creates a sense of remoteness in the present—which is what Lévi-Strauss saw as démodé and what I consider more complexly and identifiably decadent. Post-1889, there has been a marked tendency in certain moments to promote numerous concurrent large-scale projects in a short-term push, forcing development and modernization at an unsustainable and inorganic rate, a tendency linked to the idea of rupturing with the past. 50 We can, therefore, understand Rio’s ongoing history as one that is defined by that complex temporality in which the sense of incompleteness in the present is curated by an atmosphere of nostalgia, inundated by the past, with an intensity of being continually “in progress,” as opposed to “progress,” a place that is perpetually under construction.

47 the social legacy of the Olympics. It was the most comprehensive such programme in the city’s history, and hugely optimistic, aiming to provide sanitation, drainage, lighting, road surfacing, transportation links, as well as constructing public and green spaces in most favelas to make them part of the formal city. The intention is important, in the sense of improving social well-being, but it was unrealistic in such a timeframe and methodology, and duly it has fragmented into a series of smaller, less focused, and politically entangled projects.

At a party in Prazeres, I found myself outside when a group of kids who were fully charged on cocaine stopped nearby, armed with AK47s, shooting them over the walls in the general direction of another, 42 T. WINTERBOTTOM rival favela. My experience of the city was becoming much more complex than my first and previous visit there, when I stayed in a hotel on the beach for the reveillón (New Year’s Eve) celebrations in 2002, and had not left the South Zone. The city is both things, and more, to me: the beach and the high-rise beach neighbourhoods, cafés in Leblon, and also the informal communities that I know well in the North Zone, Maré and Jardim América, all anchored in Santa Teresa and by my friends in nearby Fallet and Prazeres favelas.

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