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Title in Portuguese: The magical world of João Guimarães Rosa’s primeiras estórias
Author: DUNCAN, Cynthia
Keywords: Magical world
Guimarães Rosa
Primeiras estórias
Issue Date: 1986
Publisher: Revista de Letras
Citation: DUNCAN, C. (1986)
Abstract in Portuguese: In recent years, much critical attention has been given to a type of literature in Latin America known as Magical Realism. Although there has been some confusion regarding the meaning of the term, which writers are currently practicing it, and where it is most prevalent, João Guimarães Rosa's name is consistently linked to it in Brazil. Although most of this author's international fame stems from his brilliant novel, Grande Sertão: Veredas, is it perhaps a lesser-known work, Primeiras Estórias, which establishes him as a veritable master of Magical Realist prose.l In an interview shortly after the publi· cation of this collection of tales in 1962, Guimarães Rosa suggested that its title, as well as its way of looking at life, carne after a turning point, a near brush with death in 1958, which left him with an enriched vision of reality.2 lt is precisely this enriched vision which links him to other Magical Realist writers in Latin America. Like them, he feels that the writer's job is to reveal and unfold, not simply portray.3 lronically, he is often élccused of deforming reality, although the world he describes is sometimes based on accurate, factual information. Most of his settings are taken from direct observation of life in the sertão, the backlands of Brazil, where reality has acquired supernatural overtones ond is enriched by the imaginations of its inhabitants...
Description: DUNCAN, Cynthia. The magical world of João Guimarães Rosa’s primeiras estórias. Rev. de Letras, Fortaleza, v. 11, n. 2, p. 131-143, jul./dez. 1986.
metadata.dc.type: Artigo de Periódico
ISSN: 0101-8051
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