On January 10, according to news articles, the artist Jorge Selaron was found dead on his famous staircase in Rio de Janeiro. It is not clear whether his death was a murder or a suicide. The staircase is depicted on the cover of Roa Lynn’s novel, Fairwell Rio, as shown below. The same stairway, before it was decorated by the artist, is mentioned in Fairwell Rio on page 87:
“As I descended the six long flights of concrete stairs to reach the
street, I saw Maria sitting sideways on the bottom step staring straight
ahead. She didn’t adjust her gaze or move her position as I approached.
I had to step over her thighs on my way to catch the bonde.”