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Whatever Happened to Dulce Veiga?
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A forty-year-old Brazilian journalist reduced to living in a dilapidated building inhabited by a bizarre human fauna fortune-tellers, transvestites, tango-loving Argentinean hustlers is called upon to track down and write the story of Dulce Veiga, a famous singer who disappeared twenty years earlier on the eve of her first big show. Thus begins a mad race through an underground, nocturnal Sao Paulo among rock bands with eccentric names, feline reincarnations of Vita Sackville-West, ex-revolutionaries turned junkies, gay Pietas, echoes of Afro-Brazilian religions, and intimations of AIDS . . . Constructed like a mystery, the novel unravels over a week, evoking a decadent and contaminated atmosphere in which the journalist's own search for meaning finds its expression in the elusive Dulce Veiga, who constantly appears to him as if in a dream, her arm pointing heavenward. Whatever Happened to Dulce Veiga? is a descent into the underworld of contemporary megalopolises where, like the inside of a huge TV, life intermingles with bits of music, film clips, and soap opera characters in a crazy and macabre dance, moving toward a possible catharsis."
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Not since Alfred Appel's annotated Lolita clarified the subtle wordplay and allusions found in Nabokov's masterpiece has there been such an accessible assemblage beneath the packaging of compelling entertainment, all neatly explicated by translator Frizzi's analysis and glossary of terms.--Whitney Scott"Booklist" (02/01/2001) Not since Alfred Appel's annotated Lolita clarified the subtle wordplay and allusions found in Nabokov's masterpiece has there been such an accessible assemblage beneath the packaging of compelling entertainment, all neatly explicated by translator Frizzi's analysis and glossary of terms.--Whitney Scott"Booklist" (02/01/2001)

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