How a lost paradise became Brazil’s hottest spot for literature


A stroll around the irregular cobbled streets of the historical center of Paraty, the small coastal town 248 kilometers from Rio de Janeiro, gives the sensation of peering into Brazil’s colonial past. With no cars allowed, tourists are left to wander freely around the quaint stores and restaurants set up inside baroque 18th-century houses, while listening to the birdsong and the clip-clopping of the working horses pulling carts around town.

From the sea, the white buildings adorned with colorful doors and windows are just a tiny reminder of human life, alongside the boats coming and...

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