Novas: Selected Writings (Avant-Garde & Modernism Studies)

By Haroldo de Campos

The first full-scale English translation of 1 of Brazil's-and the world's-most influential avant-garde literary voices

A beneficiant creation to 1 of the major literary figures to emerge from Brazil within the moment half the 20 th century, this publication deals English-speaking readers an plentiful choice of this prodigious writer's celebrated poetry and greatly influential serious paintings. As a poet and as a cofounder of the popular workforce Noigandres, Haroldo de Campos has made a different and immense contribution to the speculation and perform of experimental writing, really the shape often called concrete poetry, and to the Latin American avant-garde as an entire. those contributions, acclaimed all over the world through figures corresponding to Umberto Eco, Jacques Derrida, Octavio Paz, and Guillermo Cabrera Infante, will be saw unfolding right here, first in poetry decisions starting from de Campos' early paintings earlier than concretism via his newest construction; then in theoretical texts that hint his evolution as a critic from an early curiosity in baroque and modernist writers to his improvement of an leading edge version for analyzing, translating, and writing. This moment, serious component of the e-book comprises de Campos' encounters with the initiatives of translating and analyzing one of the most vital texts of jap and Western culture-from Ecclesiastes to the No play Hagoromo, from Dante to Paz-thus charting a family tree of contemporary literature.

Together, those poems and important writings come up with the money for English-speaking readers their first sustained publicity to a special character in the overseas avant-garde, a author defined through Brazilian poet João Cabral de Melo Neto as "that magnificent factor: / a poet and a translator who got here to literature armed with an enviable / wisdom of the literary phenomenon."

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