Grief, the search for self and a Blue Heeler named Beta collide in Blood Drenched Beard.
Daniel Galera brings an extraordinary voice to modern Brazil. Often depicted as either carnal Rio revelers or Sao Paulo slum dwellers the reality is infinitely more complex. Bossa nova roots still serenade the increasingly well-educated population as the middle class expands outward and upward. This vibrant, multiethnic population will most certainly drive the growth of South America in the coming decades and beyond.
Galera captures this moment in time through the eyes of a sometimes triathlete grieving his father’s suicide and dealing with his own late-twenties torpor, all while caring for the elderly dog his father left behind.
If you’ve never been to Brazil, you’ll want to book the next flight to Bahia. If you have, Recife et al. will further dominate your dreams.