Iracema by De Alencar, JoseIracema by De Alencar, Jose


byDe Alencar, JoseTranslated byClifford E. LandersEditorNaomi Lindstrom

Paperback | December 15, 1999

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Jose de Alencar's prose-poem Iracema, first published in 1865, is a classic of Brazilian literature--perhaps the most widely-known piece of fiction within Brazil, and the most widely-read of Alencar;s many works. Set in the sixteenth century, it is an extremely romantic portrayal of a doomedlive between a Portuguese soldier and an Indian maiden. Iracema reflects the gingerly way that mid-nineteenth century Brazil dealt with race mixture and multicultural experience. Precisely because of its nineteenth-century romanticism, Iracema strongly contributed to a Brazilian sense ofnationhood--contemporary Brazilian writers and literary critics still cite it as a foundation for their own work.
Naomi Lindstrom, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Texas, Austin.
Title:IracemaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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From Our Editors

What happens when a South American Indian woman falls in love with a Portuguese seaman from the Old World? Written by José de Alencar in the 1860s, Iracema tells the tragic story about the perils of loving outside one's race and social class. Translated by Clifford E. Landers and edited by Alcides Villaca and Naomi Lindstrom, this long-verse poem reflects the multicultural and multiracial clashes in Brazil during the 19th century.

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"Another historically and culturally significant addition to the Library of Latin America series."--Booklist