Brazil’s Moment of Madness

I wrote this a while back for InBrazil – I thought I’d reblog it here.

“But what can I say about a country that experiences a near miss? Like a distressed man who, in an act of madness cuts his veins – but in his anguish misses the artery and only inflicts upon himself a flesh-wound. Sure it hurts; but he will recover. He will feel foolish – he might even be left with a scar that he will talk about only at parties, displaying for the crowd when he drinks too much; pulling up his sleeve for all to see. But usually he will cover it over with bracelets or makeup or whatever he can find – to not have to repeat the humbling tale.”

You can read the whole article here.


About Joel D. Hirst

Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and a playwright, author of "Lords of Misrule", a novel about jihad in the Sahara. Joel has also written "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio" about socialist Venezuela's collapse, and rebirth. His fourth novel is "I, Charles, From the Camps", the tragic story of Uganda and the LRA, coming out in April.
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