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Carlos de Oliveira

One of the great poets of this century, combining a concern for social intervention (neo-realism) with reflections on the nature of writing in the actual process of its production, which lends his work great density and acuteness in the diversified effects of its reading (Mãe Pobre, 1945, Entre Duas Memórias, 1971).

The same can be said in relation to his novels, in which it is possible to detect an evolution from the problematics of neo-realism in its purest form (Casa na Duna, 1943) to its elaboration through the sobriety of feeling and protest (Uma Abelha na Chuva, 1953), and culminating in the complexity of Finisterra (1978). This latter work was composed through recourse to such devices as fictional repetition and descriptive and thematic transfer, which had begun to emerge at the frontier of the oscillation towards modernity in our literary history. 

Steel in the forging of dictionaries
words are made of asperity:
the first vestige of beauty
is the anger of necessary verses.

                                      Mãe Pobre

following the thread
of the ink
which draws
the words
and tries
to escape the tumult
in which the roots
swell, entangle
the writing
and the writer:

                            Micropaisagem, 1969

© Instituto Camões, 2001