João Guimarães Rosa: Grande Sertão: Veredas [The Devil to Pay in the Backlands] (779 words)

Paulo Moreira (Yale University)
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Grande Sertão: Veredas (translated as the The Devil to Pay in the Backlands) is arguably the greatest novel in Portuguese in the 20th century and one of the greatest from Latin America. João Guimarães Rosa had initially planned the story told by Riobaldo as another novella to be included in the monumental collection he called Corpo de Baile, a mammoth collection of seven 100-page stories, which has been published in three separate volumes since 1964 (Manuelzão e Miguilim, Noites do Sertão, and No Urubuquaquá, no Pinhém). However, as Guimarães Rosa explained in a letter to his friend and fellow diplomat Ribeiro Couto on April 24, 1954, the draft of what was meant to be the …

Citation: Moreira, Paulo. "Grande Sertão: Veredas". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 August 2013 [, accessed 30 November 2021.]

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