For one year, Alma Guillermoprieto lived in Manguiera, a village near Rio de Janeiro, to learn the ritual of samba--the sensuous song and dance marked by a rapturous beat--and to take part in Rio's renowned carnivale parade.
Alma Guillermoprieto writes frequently for The New Yorker (where the first chapter of this book appeared in 2002) and the New York Review of Books. She is the author of Looking for History, The Heart That Bleeds, and Samba, and she was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1995. Raised in Mexico and the United States, she now makes her home in Mexico City.
"May well be the single best book ever written about the central place of music in the life of the Third World."--Washington Post Book World