APOL is in Rio de Janeiro, famous for its natural beauty and for Carnival, samba, and bossa nova. In other words, PARTY TOWN! Brazil may be in the grip of a political and economic crisis, but an air of revelry pervades its second largest city. Perhaps it is fitting that its horizon is dominated by the ten story statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain—there is a lot of redemption required in Rio, and on a daily basis. Just ask any tourist, or any state or federal politician—if you can find one not yet in jail.
For once, APOL steered clear of controversy during its Rio stopover, preferring the scene on Copacabana and Ipanema beaches to politics.
Note: “APOL” is the anthropomorphic version of my satirical novel A Person of Letters, which has gone on tour without me (with a wink and a nod to magical realism). Follow APOL’s quixotic world tour here or on my Facebook Author Page, and read about all of APOL’s (mis)adventures in sequence on this tour archive. For information about the book, go to Martin Scribler Media.