A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro after 1889

Glorious Decadence

  • Tom Winterbottom

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 211-224

About this book


This book studies architecture and literature of Rio de Janeiro, the “Marvellous City,” from the revolution of 1889 to the Olympics of 2016, taking the reader on a journey through the history of the city. This study offers a wide-ranging and thought-provoking insight that moves from ruins to Modernism, from the past to the future, from futebol to fiction, and from beach to favela, to uncover the surprising feature—decadence—at the heart of this unique and seemingly timeless urban world. An innovative and in-depth study of buildings, books, and characters in the city’s modern history, this fundamental new work sets the reader in the glorious world of Rio de Janeiro.


2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro urban life in Brazil 20th century Brazil Rio de Janeiro art and culture Rio de Janeiro decadence literature architecture Brazil development

Authors and affiliations

  • Tom Winterbottom
    • 1
  1. 1.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-31200-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-31201-9
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