Jorge Amado, dean of Brazilian novelists, is known for his Gabriela, Clove, and Cinnamon and Dona Flora and Her Two Husbands. This excerpt is the opening of an earlier novel, Dead Sea (Mar Morto), published by Avon Books. 
Jan 01 1983
from Dead Sea
Night was running ahead of itself. People weren’t expecting it at all when it fell upon the city with heavy clouds. The lights on the docks hadn’t been turned on yet; in the Beacon of the Stars sad bulbs illuminated the glasses of cane liguor;many sloops were still cutting the waters of the sea when the wind brought on a night of black clouds.