Source: Grande Sertao: Veredas
João Guimarães Rosa quotes
João Guimarães Rosa
Birthdate: 27. June 1908
Date of death: 19. November 1967
Other names: Guimarães Rosa
João Guimarães Rosa was a Brazilian novelist, short story writer and diplomat.Rosa published four books of short stories in his lifetime, all of them revolving around the life in the sertão, but addressing themes of universal literature and of existential nature. Rosa only wrote one novel, Grande Sertão: Veredas , a revolutionary text for its blend of archaic and colloquial prose and frequent use of neologisms, taking inspiration from the spoken language of the Brazilian backlands. For its profoundly philosophical themes, the critic Antonio Candido described the book as a "metaphysical novel". It is often considered to be the Brazilian equivalent of James Joyce's Ulysses.
In a 2002 poll by the Bokklubben World Library, "Grande Sertão: Veredas" was named among the best 100 books of all time. Wikipedia