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José Lins do Rego Cavalcanti (July three, 1901 in Pilar Paraíba - September 12, 1957 in Rio de Janeiro) was once a Brazilian novelist so much recognized for his semi-autobiographical "sugarcane cycle." those novels have been the foundation of movies that had distribution within the English talking international. in addition to Graciliano Ramos and Jorge Amado he stands as one of many maximum regionalist writers of Brazil. in keeping with Otto Maria Carpeaux (Brazilian literary critic), José Lins was once "the final of the tale tellers". His first novel, Menino de Engenho ("Boy from the plantation"), was once released with trouble, yet quickly it obtained praised via the critics.

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José Lins do Rego tinha paixão por futebol e, neste romance, o leitor vai saber dos bastidores do jogo, os negócios rendosos, sua política e politicalha. Joca é o personagem vital, saído do inside do Rio de Janeiro, de origem extremamente pobre, acaba conseguindo fama e dinheiro no futebol carioca. A narrativa gira ainda em torno de três famílias de camadas sociais diferentes e seus destinos trágicos.

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II n'a traiü qu'un dieu ; il a su ce qu'il a trahi ; il a livré quelqu'un, comme tant d'autres livrent quelque chose : une patrie ou d'autres prétextes plus ou moins collectifs. La trahison qui vise un objet précis, dût-elle comporter le déshonneur ou la mort, n'est point mystérieuse : on a toujours l'image de ce qu'on a voulu détruire ; la culpabilité est claire, qu'on l'admette ou PRÉCIS DE DÉCOMPOSITION qu on la nie. reje~tent : et vous vous résignez au bagne ou a la gmllotme ... Mais il existe une modalité bien plus complexe de trahir, ' sans référence imm~diate, sans rapport a' un objet ou à une personne.

Dans la santé, notre chair sert O'"'éc o a a pu sation universelle et notre sang en reproduit la cadence ; dans le dégoût, _q~i nou~ guette comme un enfer virtuel pour nous satsir ensmte soudainement, nous sommes aussi isolés dans le tout qu'un monstre imaginé par une tératologie de la solitude. Le point critique de la vitalité n'est pas la maladie - qm es lïïtte - mais cette horreur imprécise gui rejette toute chose et enlève aux désirs la force de procréer aes erreurs fraîches. Les sens perdent leur sève, les veines sc dessèchent et les organes ne perçoivent plus que l'intervalle qui les sépare de leurs propres fonctions.

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