Joao Guimaraes Rosa

João Guimarães Rosa was a Brazilian novelist, short story writer, and diplomat, known for his innovative use of language and narrative techniques. His most famous work is the novel 'Grande Sertão: Veredas' (The Devil to Pay in the Backlands), which is considered one of the greatest achievements in Brazilian literature.


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  1. 1. The Devil to Pay in the Backlands

    "The Devil to Pay in the Backlands" is a complex narrative that follows the life of a Brazilian sertanejo (backlands dweller) who becomes a bandit and a feared killer. Tormented by his violent actions, he embarks on a metaphysical journey, wrestling with philosophical and religious questions, and trying to reconcile his deep belief in fate and predestination with his own free will. The book is notable for its innovative language, blending regional dialects with neologisms and classical references, which adds to its rich portrayal of the Brazilian backlands.

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