José Henrique Bortoluci & Francisco Garcia in conversation: What Is Mine




6.30pm, Thursday 2nd May



Join us to hear sociologist José Henrique Bortoluci talk about his captivating new book, What is Mine, which will be published by Fitzcarraldo on 9th May.


In What Is Mine, José Henrique Bortoluci uses interviews with his father, Didi, to retrace the recent history of Brazil and of his family. From the mid-1960s to the mid-2010s, Didi’s work as a truck driver took him away from home for long stretches at a time as he crisscrossed the country and participated in huge infrastructure projects such as the Trans-Amazonian Highway, a scheme spearheaded by the military dictatorship of the time and undertaken thanks to brutal deforestation. An observer of history, Didi also recounts the toll his work has taken on his health, from a heart attack in middle age to the cancer that defines his retirement, the diagnosis of which opens the book. 


Weaving the history of a nation with that of a man, Bortoluci explores the similarities between cancer and capitalism – both problems of expansion, both embodiments of ‘the gospel of growth at all costs’ – and traces the distance that class has placed between himself and his father. 


José Henrique Bortoluci is a professor of Sociology at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo, where his lectures and research revolve around Brazilian politics, social theory, democracy and social movements.


José will be joined in conversation by the London-based writer Francisco Garcia. Francisco’s longform journalism and essays regularly appear in the Financial Times, Guardian, New Statesman and many others. His first two nonfiction books were published by HarperCollins.


Tickets are £6.00 and include a glass of wine or a soft drink.


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