Geovani is 28, grew up in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, earned a living as a sandwich-board man and sold drinks on the beach. Now, he is coming to Nairobi, a year after his collection of 13 short stories was published to huge acclaim in Brazil. Since June 2019, the English translation is available as The Sun On My Head.
Geovani still lives in the favelas.
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Heralding a new Brazilian literature, one grounded in the rhythms of the favela, Geonvani Martins's debut brings to life the experiences of boys and young men growing up in Rio de Janeiro in the early years of the 21st century.

Life in the slums is shadowed by drugs, the constant threat of the police and the pressures of poverty and violence, yet the boys never stop joking and dreaming.


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