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Belo Horizonte

Magical Realism from Minas

João Guimarães Rosa's oeuvre is unlike anything else written in Brazil. It could be compared to Gabriel García Márquez in his use of magic and spiritualism to weave stories in rural settings. Rosa infused readers with the sounds and legends of Minas Gerais, creating a mystical and linguistic landscape not unlike Faulkner's South. During the Second World War, Rosa assumed a diplomatic post in Europe and was instrumental in helping many people fleeing the Holocaust with visas to Brazil.

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