What Is Mine (häftad)
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What Is Mine

Häftad,  Portugisiska, 2024-05-02
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In What Is Mine, sociologist Jos Henrique Bortoluci uses interviews with his father, Didi, to retrace the recent history of Brazil and of his family. From the mid-1960s to the mid-2010s, Didis work as a truck driver took him away from home for long stretches at a time as he crisscrossed the country and participated in huge infrastructure projects including the Trans-Amazonian Highway, a scheme spearheaded by the military dictatorship of the time, undertaken through brutal deforestation. An observer of history, Didi also recounts the toll his work has taken on his health, from a heart attack in middle age to the cancer that defines his retirement. Bortoluci weaves the history of a nation with that of a man, uncovering parallels between cancer and capitalism both sustained by expansion, both embodiments of the gospel of growth at any cost and traces the distance that class has placed between him and his father. Influenced by authors such as Annie Ernaux and Svetlana Alexievich, What Is Mine is a moving, thought-provoking and brilliantly constructed examination of the scars we carry, as people and as countries.
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'A sons journey, around father and country, subtle and complex, tender and brutal; an intimate work of rare beauty and power. Philippe Sands, author of East West Street What Is Mine is an unforgettable oral history of truck driving along the potholed roads carving up the Amazon rainforest: bandits, sleep deprivation, beef barbecued on the engine. It is also an incisive political critique of ecocidal ideas of progress, a powerful reflection on the ways labour shapes a human body, and a loving exploration of a relationship between a father and son. It already has the feel of a classic. Caleb Klaces, author of Fatherhood 'A political document told as memoir, this is a book of incredible beauty and insight, one which demonstrates one of the greatest truths: that our lives, and the lives of our families, are inextricably bound to the structures of class, economics, and history they were born into.' Madeleine Watts, author of The Inland Sea Powerful in its atomization of the Brazilian style of capitalist devastation that goes by the name of progress, movingly tender in its evocation of an Odysseus of a father, a long-distance trucker who plays a part in the construction of the Trans-Amazonian Highway, this is a memoir like no other. I read it in one great gulp, unable to put it down. Brilliant! Lisa Appignanesi, author of Everyday Madness What Is Mine is both a political history of Brazil and a devoted paean to a parent and child bond that remains tenderly interwoven across social stratification. With boundless love and empathy, Bortoluci deftly elucidates the fateful relation between bodies, nations and ecologies, and the ways in which the cancer in Didis endurant body is itself colonial, as likewise, ecocidal expansion across Brazil is carcinogenic, both working by expansionist logics. Abi Andrews, author of The Word for Woman Is Wilderness Jos Henrique Bortoluci's What Is Mine is an extraordinarily powerful portrait of a man's life, a country's course and the "ancient marriage between shamelessness and devastation" in Brazilian history. Tender, thought-provoking, incisive and humane, it's a deeply intelligent road movie for the soul. A beautiful and moving journey through a trucker's memories of a changing nation and a vital meditation on class, capitalism and, above all else, the search for human dignity. Utterly transfixing. Julian Hoffman, author of Irreplaceable The reflection on Brazilian problems (the disastrous Amazon integration project, the country's political deterioration) and also on issues that recur regardless of geography (the exploitation of the working class and the environment, disease, relationships between parents and children) is one of the triumphs of What Is Mine. O Globo Father Jos Bortoluci, Didi, embodies a figure at once fundamental and renegade in Brazilian history, ignored in national narratives or condensed into an abstract stereotype.... The book gives a name and individuality to the truck driver. Folha de S. Paulo

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Jos Henrique Bortoluci was born in Ja in 1984. He has a BA in International Relations and an MA in Social History from the University of So Paulo, as well as an MA and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan, where he lectured and was a Fulbright fellow. He is a professor of Sociology at the Fundao Getlio Vargas in So Paulo, where his lectures and research revolve around Brazilian politics, social theory, democracy and social movements.