The real and promised Brasilia an asymmetrical symbol in 1960s brazilian literature

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To write about Brasilia in the 1960s was to write about a dual city, part symbol and part reality. This dual city grew out of an impulse to oversimplify representations of the real city in order to preserve its mythic promise of national progress. The oversimplifications derived from a national desire to showcase how Brazil had found an authentic path toward its own progress, as opposed to copying preexisting models in other nations. Three texts from the 1960s challenge efforts to preserve the ideal vision of the new capital at any cost and alternatively expose the city's asymmetries and complexities, which were often glossed over in discourses that idealized the construction of Brasilia as the definitive symbol of national progress. These texts are Clarice Lispector's crǒnica "Brasilia: cinco dias" (1964), José Marques da Silva's Diário de um candango (1963), and José Geraldo Vieira's novel Paralelo 16: Brasilia (1966). AATSP

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • 1960s, Brasilia
  • Brazilian literature
  • Clarice Lispector
  • José Geraldo Vieira
  • José Marques da Silva
  • Modernization
  • National progress
  • Public infrastructure
  • Urban studies


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