By Graciliano Ramos
About the author:
Graciliano Ramos used to be commonly one among crucial Brazilian authors of the 20 th century. He used to be a seminal voice within the literary "regionalism" movement.
As a baby Ramos lived in lots of towns of Northeastern Brazil, tormented by poverty and serious climatic conditions (droughts). After high-school, Graciliano went to Rio de Janeiro the place he labored as a journalist. In 1915 he traveled to Palmeira dos Indios, kingdom of Alagoas, to reside along with his father and in 1927 he used to be elected mayor.
In 1933 he released his first booklet, Caetés. many years later he used to be jailed by means of the Getúlio Vargas executive, on a cost that used to be by no means made transparent. His stories in reformatory could turn into a distinct own deposition, Memórias do Cárcere.
Graciliano died in 1953, on the age of 60. His "dry" sort of writing and the clash among the identification and the realm are the numerous marks of his works.
About the booklet (in Portuguese):
Infância foi publicado em 1945. O livro percorre um período que vai dos dois anos do narrador até a puberdade. Sua construção acompanha os passos do autor, redescobridor de seu mundo de menino nordestino, repleto de lembranças dolorosas.
Num misto de imaginação e memória, o retrato de sua meninice revela o desprezo pela criança como sujeito social, na passagem do século XIX para o XX, onde o autor deixa perceber claramente a severidade como instrumento mais eficaz para o modelo de educação aí vigente.
Graciliano esboça um quadro de nossa história dos costumes, em que uma ética pedagógica grosseira surge identificada com práticas punitivas contra crianças.
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