RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Riobaldo, the main character in "Grande Sertão: Veredas", João Guimarães Rosa's masterwork, would wake up frightened in the early dawn, sensing that some danger was coming. "Life is thankless in its very softness," he reflects. "But it brings along hope even amid the gall of despair." This passage from magical fiction nowadays serves to sum up the almost unbreakable resilience of the Brazilian people.
In the current times, the terrible hardship that takes everyone's sleep away is the invisible virus. It spreads faster and faster and suffocates until it kills, causing . . .