Robert Linhart: The Sugar and the Hunger

The first English language translation of Robert Linhart’s ‘The Sugar and the Hunger’, originally published in 1980 is an indispensable factographic inquiry into modern hunger.

Widely acclaimed for his engaged social analyses of proletariat and peasant struggles around the world, Linhart’s inquiry into the sugar regions of North-Eastern Brazil, juxtaposes heterogeneous traits of the impoverished workers’ stories into a vivid cinematic montage.

Alongside the translation, the book also includes ‘The Third World, Investigations, Social Analysis’, an unpublished interview with Linhart from 1980 made by Jean Copans, giving an insight into the political and theoretical background of his investigation in Brazil.

The afterword by Luiz Renato Martins, an active Brazilian Marxist art historian and journalist, further contextualises the importance of Linhart’s book. Renato Martins who recently directed a documentary film Conversations With Robert Linhart discusses ‘The Sugar and the Hunger’ against the backdrop of today’s world where the practices of expropriation of land and food from peasants and urban poor, which Linhart examined in 1980 on a laboratory-like scale, have now become common global practices, endlessly producing legions of uprooted and hungry refugees.

Translated by John M Floyd and Emilio Sauri, the book includes rare photographs taken by François Manceaux in Northeastern Brazil in 1979.

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