Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado. A Wonderful Brazilian novel with recipes! There was a great Brazilian movie version as well, but I think there was also an awful American film of it, so be careful.
Oscar The Concrete Visionnaire, Oscar Niemeyer, the last lion of architectural modernism and the most renowned cultural figure in Brazil, died Wednesday at age 104. Here, in a review essay originally published in The Atlantic magazine in 2008, literary and national editor Benjamin Schwarz appraises Niemeyer's life and work, focusing on the architect's most colossal, enduring, and controversial work -- the city of Brasilia.