In addition to medicine , Varella is a public commentator on issues such as prison conditions , social welfare , government , literature and his professed atheism and skepticism. This course later became the larger private educational system in Brazil, the Universidade Paulista and the Sistema Objetivo. After graduation, he specialized in infectious diseases with Prof. He has had an active role in prevention and educational campaigns about AIDS, being the first one to have a radio program on the subject. From to he volunteered to work as an unpaid physician in one of the largest prisons of Brazil, the Carandiru , in order to tackle the fearsome AIDS epidemics raging among male inmates. As the chairman of a cancer research institute at Universidade Paulista, Varella presently heads a research program on the potential of Brazilian Amazon medicinal plants for treating neoplasms and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
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Is there an English or Spanish Version of this book? Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Oct 01, Cameron rated it it was amazing. Oh, how I wish this book would come out in English so I could give it to my non-Portuguese-speaking friends!
It is absolutely one of the most astounding, beautiful and sad books I have ever read. Varella's prose is haunting, vivid and utterly brilliant throughout, making his adventures seem like a visit to some nightmare fantasy land. His relationship to the prisoners with whom he worked was warm and acutely observant. Having worked in a US prison, I can relate to much of what he says about the Oh, how I wish this book would come out in English so I could give it to my non-Portuguese-speaking friends!
Having worked in a US prison, I can relate to much of what he says about the inmates' constant sense of distrust and suspicion. Yet he did much to improve these men's lives by recognizing what they really needed.
The book describes in detail the terrible massacre of October, While reading this book I was pretty sure I was gonna be giving it 3 stars. The stories about all the inmates were interesting and really eye opening but I was just expecting a little more from them. Then I got to the last 20 or so pages which are about the massacre the prisoners version and I was blown away.
Those few chapters hit me pretty hard and I know that the stories of these inmates and the events told in this book are going to stay with me for a very long time. I highly recommend While reading this book I was pretty sure I was gonna be giving it 3 stars.
I highly recommend this book, even if its just for those last few chapters! Feb 28, Naiana Rodrigues rated it it was amazing. One of the most amazing books I've ever read in my life. Varella gives a grueling, emotional but balanced portrait of the life in the most famous prison of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
It's one of those books that once you start reading, you won't stop until you're done, and when you stop or finish it, it leaves you thinking about the events for a long time. It's easily one of my favorite books of all time and I'd recommend it to anyone with a taste for literature and society. I think I was hoping for another Marching Powder - it wasn't.
I found the flow of the book slightly disjointed, with most of the chapters containing a small story that didn't always flow into the next chapter. Interesting insight into prison life. The structure of this book is not dissimilar to a collection of themed short stories. Each chapter baring a couple early on feature inmates accounts of the crimes which led them to be incarcerated and their life on the inside; some of which was entertaining yet lacking substance , some providing a cursory glance at life inside the notorious prison.
The authors' style is to take the inmates' word as gospel while boosting himself as a highly valued and respected doctor perhaps he was, it was hard to tell given the one-sided narrative which grew tiresome.
Jan 12, Iz rated it it was amazing. This book shows the horrific things that happen to horrific people while in prison in Sao Paulo, Brazil, it also shows that it does not matter the crime, the punishment is the same. Drauzio Varella did an exceptional job on this book. Dec 22, Lisa rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I read the english version of the book called "Lockdown". I found the book very interesting as not only is it an insight to the crimes in Brazil, but an insight to the criminals. Like many places in the world, criminals would become so due to dire circumstances in which theyre born Drugs, lack of money, bad company. The book also highlights how rapists are considered an absolute evil within the brazilian jails by co criminals and also about the epidemic of AIDS in that era.
The massacre in I read the english version of the book called "Lockdown". The massacre in was unbelievable and the cost of human life and injustice in the whole system caused the demise of what had become the worlds most famous jail - Carandiru!
Jul 16, Avital rated it really liked it Shelves: brazilian. The last chapter brought to mind the death camps. The author gives a narrative of his time as a doctor at Carindiru prison in Brazil.
Although there are some interesting stories from the prisoners he met, I felt that there were so many stories they all kind of blended together. The end piece about the prison riot was interesting which I will read up more about. Overall an interesting read. Fascinating, especially since it is a factual account of life in Sao Paolo's infamous prison Now closed.
Nov 19, Pedro rated it liked it. A brutal book about the life of inmates of a state penitentiary from the point of view of their doctor. Good book, but sometimes too much unnecessary gory details. That's not really a reportage, it's more like a set of short stories about the prison the author used to work at, inmates' stories etc. Not detailed or much revealing, an average read, really. Amazing book An eye-opener to the prison future in Brazil and the interactions between people.
Definitely now one of my favourite books of all time. Great book! Starts off a little slow because es jut introducing the way the prison works and is set out. But after that its almost a whole bunch of short stories of very interesting criminals, of what they did, how they came about the prison, and why they are still there. Still an easy enjoyable yet eye opening read. A sad book about a Brazilian jail which contains more than 7, prisoners.
The book demonstrated their lives and their miserable stories with AIDS. Fascinating subject. Totally off-putting style of writing. Definitely nowhere near Marching Powder.
Without doubt Carandiru prison was a dehumanising hotbed of crime, violence awash with crack heads, coke fiends, AIDS and TB amongst many other social and health problems.
There are some truly appalling characters and that includes the police and prison officers too. Jul 28, Sandra Ferreira added it. A doctor, sent to warn the prisoners about the risks of catching aids, sees himself establishing a clinic inside the prison and creating an emotional bond with the encarcerated men. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Readers also enjoyed. About Drauzio Varella. Drauzio Varella. After graduation, he specialized in infectious diseases with Prof. He works as a medical professor at Universidade Paulista, but has t After graduation, he specialized in infectious diseases with Prof. He has had an active role in prevention and educational campaigns about AIDS, being the first one to have a radio program on the subject.
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