CoverReflections From Gavea by Marianne Campagna

Reflections from Gavea

Reflections from Gavea is the tale of one woman’s true-life search for a sense of identity and wholeness, amid the mountains of Brazil, university life and marriage in the United States, and a return to the land of her birth. Beyond Marianne’s personal story is a multicultural kaleidoscope of images that depict the history of China and Brazil from World War II to the present. Amid wars, revolutions, immigration and displacement, Marianne learns how a person’s soul can supersede cultural, ethnic, national and language barriers to be part of the universal human experience.

Brazil in Crisis

Brazil in Crisis is a sweeping look at the history, culture, politics, and social problems of one of the world’s largest and most dynamic countries. Marianne Campagna, who grew up in Brazil, wrote this book to learn why the Brazil of her childhood has become so deeply mired in poverty and corruption. To answer that question, she takes a hard look at the country’s troublesome social, economic, and political scenes.

At the root of Brazil’s many problems is a legacy of slavery and the poverty that resulted from it.

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I’ve heard it said that the soul is neither white nor black, neither feminine nor masculine. It is a rising plume in search of God. And I’ve been searching. It hasn’t been easy, but somehow I manage to get up and move forward in this journey we call life. I identify with the homeless, the orphan, and the abused. But I also identify with those who dance and cheer in triumph over daily battles and contests. For me, there are no borders. Due to my international background, I find myself in the face of every person, the native and the foreign. My immigrant status opens doors for me to reveal my story as I lived it on different soils. For a long time, I have been trying to find the connection between suffering and truth, between what gives pleasure and what binds; in essence, what gives me identity and authenticity in this world, in the human family.

— Marianne Campagna

This book was written over a period of thirty years due to the input and encouragement of so many family members and friends who believed in me and wanted me to tell my story. I am grateful to my father who sowed the initial seed and imagined me gathering my memories in separate pieces of paper and placing them in a box to be later bound in a book as a gift to humanity.

It did not happen in this simple way, but the words were gathered in longhand in loose and bound paper and in notebooks and diaries and then typed and retyped and finally shaped in the current form.

“I have rarely been so moved by a memoir. The strength of Marianne’s story lies in the culture shocks she experienced, her homesickness, and her longing to connect with those who were foreign to her, yet her very blood. This book is ultimately a success story in learning how to be a citizen of the world while remaining true to yourself.”

— Tyler R. Tichelaar, PhD and author of the award-winning Narrow Lives

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Campagna describes life in the favelas (slums),where one third of the population lives, and where drug trafficking and organized crime have embedded themselves. She explores how the government deals with poverty and crime, as well as the government’s own corruption.

But not all is negative. Brazil has a wonderful culture full of poetry, music, Carnival, and kindness. Campagna explores these cultural traditions and national traits that help the Brazilian people’s spirits rise above their current situation.

At the book’s center is a discussion of the 2018 Presidential Election and Brazil’s democratic process. Tracing Brazil’s political history, Campagna reveals how right-wing Jair Bolsonaro, known as the “Trump of the Tropics,” assumed the presidency, inheriting the economic stagnation that has paralyzed government projects and services and caused extreme inflation.

Finally, Campagna offers her vision that Brazil will someday have a progressive government focused on investing in its people and future.

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Copyright 2013/2020 by Marianne Campagna
Gavea Press
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198