RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - "As if personal travails were not enough, it became difficult for me to devote myself to literary daydreams without being affected by recent events in our country". The sentence on the front page of "Essa Gente" ("Those People") is in a letter from the main character, writer Manuel Duarte, but it sounds like a confession by the author himself, Chico Buarque.

He goes on to apologize for disturbing . . .

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