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The Celebration

by Ivan Ângelo

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This novel is based on a true event. Rural migrant farm workers, who have been suffering and starving through several years of drought take a train to the provincial city to seek help from the government. When they arrive, they are rounded up, treated as criminals, and penned in a human corral without food or water, pending shipment back to the country. Scenes of the treatment they receive (as well as their sufferings on the farms on which they were basically slave labor) are interspersed with scenes of preparations for a lavish birthday party to be celebrated that evening by a wealthy young man. Many of the officials who could have intervened to .help the workers are also preoccupied with the party, and choose not to inconvenience themselves.

The novel is intricately constructed as the relationships among the various characters, and their stories and roles in this shameful event are gradually unveiled.

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In the early morning of March 31, 1970 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the annual birthday celebration of a prominent and wealthy young artist is taking place; and a train docked in Plaza Station filled with starving, drought-stricken migrant workers seeking relief gets turned away by the authorities, sparking a riot. From these seemingly unrelated events, Ivan Angelo's remarkable debut 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 thrust into the middle of an intricate puzzle, left to construct the story from the evidence that accrues in a range of comic, unnverving, misleading and tragic episodes.

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