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There's a long tradition of writers willingly exiling themselves to foreign and exotic (in the different senses of the term) places, whether it be for inspiration or personal inclination...
Ben Paris, of New York City, has spent the past two decades in Salvador, in the seaside neighborhood of Itapoan, where fishermen put out to sea in jangadas (dugout canoes) to fish in ways unchanged for thousands of years, where the drums of candomblé (West African religion) sound into the night, and where samba enlivens the public squares on weekends.
Too bad Moorehead (The White Nile & The Blue Nile) and Hemingway never made it to Bahia...
Ben Paris lives in Salvador's seaside neighborhood of Itapoan, where he eats, sleeps, drinks, swims, fights and writes, his fiction having appeared in Fiction, Switchback, In Posse Review, and Storyglossia, among others.
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