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IEMANJA: BEMBE DO MERCADO: SANTO AMARO, BAHIA. Michaela Melian and Thomas Meinecke. Spector Books, Leipzig, 2018. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 216 pp. ISBN 9783944669250 Bilingual in English and German.
Due date: Spring 2018. Publisher's description: Iemanja is not only the title of Thomas Meinecke and Michaela Melian's new project but also the name of one of the most important goddesses of Afro-Brazilian religion: queen of the ocean, protector of children and the essence of motherhood. Each year, the Brazilian beach town of Santo Amaro honors Iemanja with a massive festival. Meinecke and his wife, Melian, both well-known members of the beloved German New Wave band F.S.K., attended the festival in 2010 in order to research these unique Afro-American religions. They discovered Santo Amaro through the legacy of pop literature writer Hubert Fichte, who famously conducted ethnographic research on the festival with photographer Leonore Mau in the mid-1970s. With the influence of Fichte's research, Meinecke melds Melian's 170 documentary photographs, along with inspiration from his prior novel Lookalikes (Suhrkamp, 2011), to create this intriguing new hybrid novel.
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Worldwide Number: 159797
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