Award-winning writer Luiz Ruffato, who was the Distinguished Brazilian Writer in Residence at UC Berkeley in spring 2012, on writing about the sprawling megalopolis of São Paulo.
I’m from Brazil, a third-world country on the edge of capitalism, a nation rooted in violence:
violence against Indians, decimated in the early days of discovery;
violence against blacks, enslaved and exiled forever;
violence against poor Europeans and Japanese, who landed there, always an ocean away from their ancestors;
violence against those from the Northeast and Minas Gerais, cheap labor segregated into tenements and slums.