24 April 2014, The Tablet

Hotel Brasil: the mystery of the severed heads

by Frei Betto, trans. Jethro Soutar

Look beyond

 
Reviewed by Amanda HopkinsonFrei Betto, trans. Jethro Soutar BITTER LEMON PRESS, 256pp, £8.99 Tablet bookshop price £8.10 Tel 01420 592974 Yes, “Frei” really is Portuguese for Brother (as in “friar”) and Betto really is the same Brazilian theologian whose conversations with Castro were published as Fidel and Religion. In Havana a year ago, Betto was awarded the Unesco José Martí Prize for his “exceptional contribution to building a universal culture of peace, social justice and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean.” His “contribution” had cost Betto dear. In 1964 a military dictatorship seized power in Brazil. Betto, only 20 but already a politically active Dominican friar, was jailed. He served a second
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