Tent of Miracles

tent of miracles cover imageTent of Miracles

by Jorge Amado
General Fiction
University of Wisconsin Press
Paperback, 396 pages
$16.95

Part of Amado’s series of “Bahia Novels,” this one chronicles the chaotic events that mark the arrival of Columbia University Professor Dr. James D. Levinson in Brazil with his wild tales of an obscure Bahian writer Pedro Archanjo. The book was written just after the military coup in 1964 and the story line and characters carry a carefully crafted back-story designed to avoid censorship while taking sharp jabs at the regime. The setting is the historic Pelourino neighborhood in Salvador, Bahia. Aside from the story, Amado’s reflections on Afro-Brazilian culture and racial discrimination are worth the read.