Nemesis

Nemesis

One Man and the Battle for Rio

Written by: Glenny, Misha

An explosive vision of contemporary Brazil’s underbelly by one of our greatest investigative reporters.

This is a book about a man known as Nem; about Rocinha, the slum or “favela” he grew up in and came to run as a private fiefdom; about Rio, the beautiful but damned city that Rocinha exists in; and about the battle for Brazil. Nemesis pans in and out from the arc of Nem’s individual, astonishing trajectory to the wider story of the country that he exists in.

It’s about drugs and gangs and violence and poverty. It’s about a man who made a terribly dangerous and life-altering decision for the best and most understandable of reasons. And it’s about the wider forces at work in a country that is in the world’s spotlight as never before and is set to stay there. Those forces include the evangelical church, bent police and straight police, drug lords, farmers, TV magnates, crusading politicians, and corrupt politicians.

And what they are engaged in is nothing less than the battle for Brazil’s soul.

An explosive vision of contemporary Brazil’s underbelly by one of our greatest investigative reporters.

This is a book about a man known as Nem; about Rocinha, the slum or “favela” he grew up in and came to run as a private fiefdom; about Rio, the beautiful but damned city that Rocinha exists in; and about the battle for Brazil. Nemesis pans in and out from the arc of Nem’s individual, astonishing trajectory to the wider story of the country that he exists in.

It’s about drugs and gangs and violence and poverty. It’s about a man who made a terribly dangerous and life-altering decision for the best and most understandable of reasons. And it’s about the wider forces at work in a country that is in the world’s spotlight as never before and is set to stay there. Those forces include the evangelical church, bent police and straight police, drug lords, farmers, TV magnates, crusading politicians, and corrupt politicians.

And what they are engaged in is nothing less than the battle for Brazil’s soul.

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc — Oct 31, 2015
Specifications 360 pages | 6 in x 9 in 352 pages | 9 in x 6 in
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Written By Misha Glenny is an award-winning journalist and scholar. He lives in London, England. Visit Misha Glenny's website: http://www.darkmarketinsider.com Follow Misha Glenny on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mishaglenny

Praise for Misha Glenny and Nemesis:

"Breaking Bad meets City of God." — Roberto Saviano, author of Gomorrah

"Nemesis is a magnificent work of reportage, by turns raw and courageous." — London Evening Standard

"There are no other books like this, in English or even in Portuguese." — Globe and Mail

"… a gripping profile of a criminal kingpin who works hard to represent himself as an altruist." — Maclean's Magazine

"Reading Nemesis is like taking a walking tour of Baltimore’s underworld with Stringer Bell." — New York Times

"… reads like a true crime story… Nemesis is a useful and readable introduction to the favela phenomenon…" — New York Review of Books

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