Sertão

from Junot Díaz – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Excerpt) on Rap Genius

Meaning

Never been to the Northeast of Brazil but I’ve watched enough Brazilian cinema—especially the Cinema Novo stuff—Rocha’s Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol still haunts the shit out of me—to want to extend the sertão an Ázua nod of recognition. In my sureño mind the barrens of Ázua and its profound misery functioned as our very own local island version of that iconic Brazilian nationspace.

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