Brazilian Arabesques

  • Milton Hatoum
Keywords rubber boom, Beirut, Acre, Bolivia, Rio Branco, Xapuri, Lebanese, migration, diaspora, Amazon, Brazilian
Keywords rubber boom, Beirut, Acre, Bolivia, Rio Branco, Xapuri, Lebanese, migration, diaspora, Amazon, Brazilian

Abstract

Early in the 20th century, at the height of the “rubber boom,” my paternal grandfather Fadel Hatoum traveled from Beirut to the then Bolivian territory of Acre, where he traded goods on a river between the cities of Rio Branco and Xapurí. He was one of the first to migrate in my family. Eight years later, he returned to Beirut with images and words of the Amazon, which he passed onto his children and relatives...

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