Macunaíma by Mario de Andrade

This book is a hallmark of Brazilian literature, blending folklore, social critique, and surrealism to narrate the adventures of its eponymous hero, a shapeshifting character of indigenous origin who embarks on a journey from the Amazon rainforest to the city of São Paulo. Throughout his quest to retrieve a magical amulet stolen by a fearsome giant, the protagonist encounters a myriad of mythical creatures, gods, and figures from Brazilian folklore, all while satirizing the cultural and social issues of early 20th-century Brazil. The narrative is celebrated for its inventive language, playful use of Brazilian vernacular, and its pivotal role in the Brazilian Modernist movement, offering a unique exploration of national identity, racial diversity, and the complex relationship between tradition and modernity.

The 1873rd greatest book of all time


Published
1928
Nationality
Brazilian
Type
Fiction
Pages
160-230
Words
Unknown
Original Language
Portuguese

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