November 2, 1999 |
The animal game turns philanthropic barons into gambling bosses and gambling bosses into philanthropic barons. The animal game turns bookies into mathematical zoologists and interpreters of dreams. It turns welders and peddlers and hairdressers into hunters chasing lions and monkeys and peacocks through streets dense with meaning and mystery. The animal game is jogo do bicho, a billion-dollar Brazilian lottery that is illegal and respectable, clandestine and brazen, joyful and murderous.