The Celebration

Latin American Literature Series
Ivan Ângelo
Translated by Thomas Colchie

Early morning, March 31, 1970, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil: a famous, wealthy young artist is having a birthday party.  Across town, a train full of starving, drought-stricken migrant workers gets turned away at Plaza Station, and a riot ignites. From these two seemingly unrelated events, Ivan Ângelo’s remarkable novel connects and implicates the lives of a complex of characters, spanning three decades of tumultuous social and political history in twentieth-century Brazil.  But with the central event – the celebration – missing, the reader is forced into the roles of historian and detective, and has to reconstruct the story from scraps of comedy, falsehood, eeriness, and tragedy.

Reading Ivan Ângelo’s The Celebration by Theodore McDermott, originally in CONTEXT #19

Ivan Ângelo (born 1936) is a novelist and journalist from Minas Gerais, Brazil who has, among his other work, edited the São Paulo newspaper Jornal da Tarde, written a column for the magazine Veja, and lectured at Yale.  The Celebration won the 1975 Prêmio Jabuti, one of Brazil’s best-known literary prizes.

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Translated by Thomas Colchie
Publication: Latin American Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 185
ISBN-13: 9781564782908
GTIN13: 9781564782908
Publication date: 6/1/2003
Language: eng
List price: $13.50