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Estudos Sociedade e Agricultura

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MELO, Ana Amélia M. C.. Vidas Secas, style and social critique.Translated byJeffrey Hoff. Estud.soc.agric. [online]. 2006, vol.2Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1413-0580.

This article discusses the way Alagoan writer Graciliano Ramos incorporates social critique in his last novel Vidas Secas. The writer’s intellectual trajectory reveals the essence of his concern with social inequality, the latifundio, and the theme of mandonism in the rural areas. In Vidas Secas (Dry Lives) Graciliano not only reaches the maturity of his sober literary style but also radicalizes his precise writing in accordance with the central themes of his narrative about those who live in the harsh conditions of the Brazilian Northeast. This text aims to highlight a narrative strategy created in the symbiosis between writing and reality.

Keywords : Graciliano Ramos; social critique; Brazilian modernity.

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