Book Launch: Vista Chinesa, with author Tatiana Salem Levy

Thursday, April 20, 2023

6:00 pm


Open to the Public

From one of Brazil’s rising literary stars, an acclaimed novel about the violation of a woman and a city, based on true events.

Book cover and headshot of Tatiana Salem Levy
Book Cover of Vista Chinesa and headshot of Tatiana Salem Levy
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It is 2014. There is euphoria in Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro. The World Cup is about to take place and the Olympics are in sight. It is a time of hope and frenzied construction.

Júlia is a partner with an architectural firm working on the future Olympic village. During a break from a meeting at the town hall, she goes for a run in the hillside neighborhood of Alto da Boa Vista. There, a man puts a revolver to her head, takes her to a secluded spot, and rapes her. Left abandoned in the woods, she drags herself home, where her boyfriend and family members are waiting for her.

Vista Chinesa brings light and shadow to a city whose stunning beauty cannot conceal the most serious human and political problems, and gives voice to a story that is tragically not uncommon.

Tatiana Salem Levy is a writer, essayist, and researcher at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Her first novel, The House in Smyrna (also published by Scribe and translated by Alison Entrekin), won Brazil’s biggest literary award — the São Paulo Prize for Literature — for a debut work. She lives in Lisbon, and is a columnist for the newspaper Valor Econômico.


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Andreina Torres Angarita

Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate, Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies