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Grande Sertão

4.52  ·  Rating Details ·  1,976 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
Favoloso altipiano del Brasile profondo, deserto-brughiera dei Campos Gerais rinverdito di improvvise palme giganti, il 'sertao' di Guimaraes Rosa è uno spazio magico percorso nell'intrico dei suoi sentieri da santoni a banditi, popolato di mandrie e di piccoli uomini da nomi altisonanti come di eroi di saghe remote. Sono, questi individui, provvisori e paradigmatici, unic ...more
499 pages
Published 2003 by Feltrinelli (first published 1956)
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Epicarmo Papoula
Antes de mais nada, dois conselhos simples sobre este livro: primeiro, ignore toda a massa de textos acadêmicos e teses sobre ele, são muralhas inibidoras que o transformam em algo aparentemente inacessível, só para intelectuais. Pura bobagem. A Fortuna Crítica ao redor deste grande romance mais afasta do que aproxima os leitores comuns, os segrega e os desmotiva, este livro não é para intelectuais, e sim para brasileiros leitores de lingua portuguesa e como não? Para o Mundo. Está ao lado de Ca ...more
Mike Bull
Dec 02, 2013 Mike Bull rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't have discovered this book without my brother, who mentioned it to me in late 2012.

Wow! After reading it, now I understand why in a 2002 poll of 100 noted writers (see this book's entry in Wikipedia) the book was named among the top 100 books of all time!!!
This is all the more amazing because in the English speaking world the book is all but unknown and very hard to get in print. However, check online and you may be able to download a pdf copy.

The book is set in the wild backlands of B
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Vit Babenco
Sep 23, 2016 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Devil to Pay in the Backlands is generously and lushly multilayered: a soldier of fortune’s tale, historical saga, insurgent chronicles and even a delicate romantic mystery – and always at the highest narrative level.
What is the nature of Devil? Is he the antagonist of God? Or is he just the other side of God? When you’re at war are you on the side of God or Devil? When you’re in love is your love inspired by God or Devil?
“What is not of God is of the devil’s domain. God exists even when the
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Learn the name Alison Entrekin. She is translating. Translating Grande Sertão: Veredas.

The excerpt ::
http://www.wordswithoutborders.org/pr...

What she says ::
"When in Hell, Embrace the Devil: On Recreating “Grande Sertão: Veredas” in English"
http://www.wordswithoutborders.org/di...

"Alison Entrekin is an Australian literary translator working from the Portuguese. Her translations include City of God by Paulo Lins, The Eternal Son by Cristovão Tezza, Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector, Bud
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Celeste Corrêa
«Grande Sertão: Veredas » de João Guimarães Rosa ( cinco estrelas)
O que dizer sobre um livro fabuloso, daqueles que mudam a nossa vida privada e literária? Ocorre-me a palava travessia com a qual Guimarães Rosa termina a sua obra-prima.
É um livro muito difícil desde logo pela linguagem, mas raras vezes um esforço de leitura terá tantas compensações como esta bela e densa epopeia que é «Grande Sertão: Veredas».
Romance, poema escrito numa linguagem lírica e inventiva sobre o Sertão, o mundo, a vi
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Mala
Apr 11, 2016 Mala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Big Boys
Recommended to Mala by: Miguel's Interview, Part 1
"The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist."
— Verbal Kint, The Usual Suspects, by way of Baudelaire.

Living is a very dangerous business as our narrator Riobaldo never tires of reminding us.
And who would know it better than this seasoned jagunço*, recalling a bloody past mostly spent fighting/overthrowing rival bands of outlaws in the Brazilian sertão**. There are good bandits and there are bad bandits & sometimes it's hard to tell the difference - the
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Sidharth Vardhan

“I speak with twisted words. I narrate my life, which I did not understand. You are a very clever man, of learning and good sense. But don't get impatient, don't expect rain during the month of August. I'll soon tell you, I'm coming to the subject that you are waiting for. Did the Evil One exist ?"

Okay, first things first, if nothing in this review makes you want to read it than remember that this work has been called ‘Ulysses of Portuguese Literature’ (not at all as challenging as Ulyssess is
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Ryan
Jan 17, 2016 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
UPDATE: Thoughts after rereading the book this year.

This novel from Brazil was a haphazard record of Riobaldo's tale of his adventures as a member of a jagunço (armed ruffian) outfit under different leaders. He was speaking to an unnamed man, a learned person, almost certainly a writer who was interviewing the retired bandit in order to write about his exploits. The tale was told out of order, following the unpredictable courses of winding rivers, branching out into various tributaries. Characte
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Jenn McCollum
The Devil to Pay is the first Brazilian novel that I've ever read and it is one of the most explicit and beautiful explorations of gender and sexuality in literature: particularly of masculinity and male love. (It's a shame that it's out of print.)

In short, the narrator is Riobaldo who, like Scheherazade from One Thousand and One Nights, seems to be storytelling as away to save his life. The narrative is winding, out of order, repetitive and somewhat unreliable but it functions as a way to learn
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Ana
Apr 26, 2016 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"O senhor sabe: sertão é onde manda quem é forte, com as astúcias. Deus mesmo, quando vier, que venha armado! E bala é um pedacinhozinho de metal..."

"De mim, pessoa, vivo para minha mulher, que tudo modo-melhor merece, e para a devoção. Bem-querer de minha mulher foi que me auxiliou, rezas dela, graças. Amor vem de amor. Digo. Em Diadorim, penso também – mas Diadorim é a minha neblina..."
Grande Sertão: Veredas é uma obra ímpar e a sua leitura foi, para mim, um desafio inegável. A narrativa é
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Realini
Feb 23, 2013 Realini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grande Sertao: Veredas, by Joao Guimaraes Rosa
Translated as The Devil to Pay in the Backlands

This is a great book. I loved it.
It seems that I am growing very fond of the Latin American Literature…I loved Marques and Llosa and now I discovered with great joy Guimaraes Rosa.

This is a long, fascinating book. The heroes are for the most part the jacuncos, roaming through the “Grande Sertao” of the title…
The Devil? It seems He does not exist, in spite of the many names with which he is often mentione
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Daniel Benevides
Livro impressionante, livro-tudo. Está ao lado de Guerra e Paz, Dom Quixote e mais alguns poucos como o mais alto e mais profundo que a literatura chegou.
Cosimo
Mar 08, 2015 Cosimo rated it it was amazing
Il Sertao, dove invecchia il vento

“Coraggio è quel che il cuore batte; se no, batte falso”.

A dire di cosa parla questo romanzo, direi che è un'epica del coraggio. E' la storia di un uomo che si forma nell'esperienza di una banda di jaguncos, attraverso la lotta, l'imitazione, la sfida e la partecipazione, arrivando a divenire un capo, facendo emergere le proprie qualità e la virtù necessaria in quelle terre desertiche e tra vicende di guerra. Il sertao è luogo di tristi inganni, sempre in movime
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Dauro Veras
Jun 29, 2009 Dauro Veras rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um dos melhores livros que já li. Aventura densa, mergulho na alma humana, saga universal com sabor bem brasileiro. Em resumo, genial! Uma curiosidade: em Copenhague conheci e entrevistei o tradutor da obra pro dinamarquês. É Peter Poulsen, pai da minha amiga Nynne Livbjerg. Ele passou quatro anos fazendo só isso. Chegou a gravar depoimentos no interior de Minas com pessoas que inspiraram Rosa a compor personagens do livro. E precisou inventar palavras em dinamarquês. Poulsen me disse que encont ...more
Octavio Pontes
Jun 23, 2016 Octavio Pontes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Existe uma literatura antes de Guimarães Rosa. Existe uma literatura depois de Guimarães Rosa. Ao fechar esse livro, mais cedo, hoje, percebi o quão rica é a cultura brasileira. Guimarães Rosa mostra isso no seu grau mais profundo de ousadia e maestria. Grande Sertão é um livro absurdo. A obra de Guimarães Rosa é absurda. Leiam, apenas leiam!

Notas:
- Esse não é um livro qualquer, não pense que você vai pegá-lo, lê-lo numa tarde e absorver toda a genialidade desse livro. Tenho certeza de que vou
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Maximiliano Sales
Feb 25, 2016 Maximiliano Sales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Antes mesmo de abri-lo, já sabia que seria um dos meus livros favoritos. De fato. É lindo, comovente; é genial. Sei que o peso dessa palavra às vezes se perde devido a usos meio frequentes demais. Mas utilizar qualquer outro adjetivo pra esse homem que escreveu tão à frente do seu tempo (e tão contemporâneo de si mesmo, se for possível esse paradoxo) seria diminui-lo. Li sobre um sertão que é o diabo, que é dentro da gente. E as veredas que existem nesse livro ajudam quem quer que as leia a atra ...more
Jur Koksma
Sep 11, 2014 Jur Koksma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not enough stars to rate this book. Absolute No 1 in literature ever. Light years ahead of anything else.
Cristiane Serruya
Can you sell your soul to the devil?


Firstly: My spoilers won't disclose the surprising end. They are merely my humble opinion on determined parts of the book.

Grande Sertão: Veredas is a subjective challenge to the reader to judge - or not - Riobaldo's choices, as he takes one through a plethora of mixed feelings that are deconstructed and reconstructed in 600 pages of a tumultuous novel.

In a continuous monologue, written with mystical colors, "with no chapters", Riobaldo, a former jagunço (which
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Newton Nitro
Apr 12, 2015 Newton Nitro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Viver é muito perigoso, mas a vida fica menos perigosa depois que se lê uma coisa preciosa dessas que é o Grande Sertão Veredas. Eu tinha enrolado, enrolado, enrolado por muito tempo essa leitura, começado, interrompido, esquecido, voltado até que, com a minha escrivinhação dos últimos tempos, com a feitura da escrita, a moldação das frases, o desespero de escolher a palavra certa, me veio aquela vontade doida, aquela obrigação mineira de ler o texto fundador da imensidão das Gerais, de um sertã ...more
Joana Costa
May 29, 2010 Joana Costa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Livro que entra directamente na lista dos livros mais fantásticos que li até hoje, sem questionar a sua posição. É uma obra prima.

Frases que ficaram:

"Abriu em mim um susto; porque: passarinho que se debruça - o voo já está pronto!"

"Zé Rebelo, olhando, me olhou, notou moleza. - "Tem dó não. São os danados de façanhosos..." Ah, era. Disso eu sabia. Mas como ia não ter pena? O que demasia na gente é a força feia do sofrimento, própria, não é a qualidade do sofrente."

"Mas, na ocasião, me lembrei du
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Hannah Foster
Living is a dangerous business, isn't it?
It is for the life of Jaguncos.


This novel follows an old man telling his life-story to a man passing by his town.
The entire novel is written in his first person narrative.

The story flops back and forth a lot--out of chronological order-- to different moments in his past, because he's essentially telling the whole story of his life, and when one does that, it's hard to tell it all in order.

He goes from being Riobaldo the Jagunco, to Tatarana the sharp shoo
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Michael Walkden
This book... completely blew me away. Quite unlike anything I have ever read. I can't speak to the perfection of the original, but the English rendering is immaculate.

The Devil to Pay in the Backlands is the story of Riobaldo, a jagunço (bandit) of the Brazilian sertão (outback). The narrative is non-linear and told in continuous, unremitting prose; major plot points include Riobaldo's recruitment by the scholar-bandit Ze Bebelo, his involvement in a number of brutal skirmishes and power-struggl
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Sérgio Avelleda
"Mas liberdade - aposto - ainda é só alegria de um pobre caminhozinho, no dentro do ferro e grandes prisões. Tem uma verdade que se carece de aprender, do encoberto, e que ninguém não ensina: o bêco para a liberdade se fazer. Sou um homem ignorante. Mas, me diga o senhor: a vida não é cousa terrível?"
Fabiane
Aug 15, 2016 Fabiane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
<3
Poet Gentleness
Can you sell your soul to the devil?


Firstly: My spoilers won't disclose the surprising end. They are merely my humble opinion on determined parts of the book.

Grande Sertão: Veredas (The Devil to Pay in the Backlands) is a subjective challenge to the reader to judge - or not - Riobaldo's choices, as he takes to judges himself, taking one through a plethora of mixed feelings that are deconstructed and reconstructed in 600 pages of a tumultuous novel.

In a monologue, written with mystical colors, "c
...more
Heidi Norwig
Apr 17, 2014 Heidi Norwig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pity there aren't more than 5 stars to rate this exceptional work, one of the greatest books of all times. And I have to say that the fact of being a native Portuguese speaker is a reason of the most wonderful joy for me, to be able to drown myself in all this poetic beauty and philosophy
Annelise Lestrange
I hated this book more than I can ever possibly say. I can't even talk about it because it's not worth it. I don't care if it is a brazilian classic, it's just terrible.
Marloes
Jul 27, 2012 Marloes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marloes by: my zenteacher
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I just finished it. I'm overwhelmed, it's truly my all-time-favorite. So beautiful, the sertao...
Kristel
The Devil To Pay In The Backlands by João Guimarães Rosa also known as The Devil in the Street in the Middle of the Wirlwind was written in Portuguese by the Brazilian author João Guimarães Rosa in 1956 and translated to English by James L Taylor and Harriet de de Onís in 1963. I read a first edition translated in 1963 book. Reportedly all translations are poor but also thePortugese is archaic and colloquial, making it a very difficult book to translate. The translation by Taylor and de Onis is ...more
charta
Jun 28, 2012 charta rated it really liked it
Il sertão è un luogo fisico reale: lo sconfinato territorio del Brasile centro-settenrionale; le veredas sono i sentieri che lo intersecano.
La salienza geografica si fonde, qui, con l'interiore, immensità - o vacuità - del nostro ego, le scelte che lo caratterizzano, ne mutano l'aspetto, vi creano circuiti e cortocircuiti nel corso dell'esistenza.
In questo territorio si muovono sparute bande di jagunços perennemente in lotta fra loro in un agire che rappresenta e coglie tutte le sfumature dell'u
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João Guimarães Rosa (27 June 1908 - 19 November 1967) was a Brazilian novelist, considered by many to be one of the greatest Brazilian novelists born in the 20th century. His best-known work is the novel Grande Sertão: Veredas (translated as The Devil to Pay in the Backlands). Some people consider this to be the Brazilian equivalent of Ulysses.

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