Book look: Great problems in a great country

Just in time for the Football World Cup, Adrian Geiges presents his portrait of Brazil. Based in Rio de Janeiro himself, the experienced German journalist1 is an expert on the fifth-biggest country in the world.

In “Brasilien brennt”, Geiges speaks with many inhabitants of Brazil. Readers get to know members of the country’s new middle class who demand better healthcare and education services from the government. He also interviews a former drug gangster and writes about development work organisations’ activities and the domestic security force’s new policy of sending heavily armed units into the heart of the favelas to deprive the local gangs of their power.

“Brasilien brennt” creates a vibrant, lively picture of the rising economic giant. Once more, a European journalist underlines the immense difficulties of the country’s people in their daily struggle to make ends meet. The World Cup will be history in a few weeks’ time – but Brazil’s youth are determined to remain loud and angry

Brasilien brennt
By Adrian Geiges
Published by Quadriga (

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