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  • Writer's pictureDiana Morais

Come what May

The month devoted to Mary, mother of God, we have assembled some paintings with the virgin Mary in it.

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

(Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse)

Watercolor on paper

24 x 31 cm

Nossa Senhora do Brazil

Watercolor on paper

24 x 31 cm

Once upon a time in Rio

This romance written by an ex-diplomat and Brazilian writer, Francisco Azevedo, tells the saga of a Portuguese family that migrated to Rio at the beginning of the 20th century.

There is a phantastic element that perpetrates the story and adds flavor to it: the rice thrown at the wedding of the patriarchs, captured by aunt Palma, and offered as a gift to the newlyweds. It became a symbol of happiness to the family but also an element of jealousy and disagreements.

The original title in Portuguese is not “Once upon a time in Rio” but rather “Aunt Palma’s rice”, as she is the one who passes the family’s stories to the following generations. It was translated into different languages. Available in English here!

An interesting and easy read that leaves a taste of “saudade” at the end.

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