The Hummingbird Saga
(Poetic Porosity Through Brazilian Drylands as Seen by Guimarães Rosa)
Essay by Bernardo Marçolla, Brazil
Translated by Noga Sklar
Edited by Rachel Hildebrandt
Publishing date: summer 2018
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The Hummingbird Saga, a paraphrase to Guimarães Rosa himself, identifies, with unique propriety, this book by the Brazilian author Bernardo Marçolla, a result of his doctoral research that produced the thesis The Poetics of Riobaldo, a Porous Darning: Rhythm, Transcendence and Aesthetic Experience in Grande Sertão: Veredas. This thesis received the Capes Award, and was appointed as the best Brazilian literary thesis in the area of the Arts in 2007.
Accurately repositioned by the author in his research paper, whose ingenuity enables the reading of the Rosian original under a holistic key, Saga never loses sight of a close and sensitive analysis of the great Brazilian writer aesthetics. In fact, it adds to its brilliance, as it makes it more accessible, in order to be read with pleasure both by academics and the common reader.
Bernardo Marçolla holds a BA in psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brazil (1997), a master’s degree in psychology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil (2000), a doctorate in literature by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Brazil (2006) and post-doctorate in Literature from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil (2010). He has worked for more than ten years as a teacher in the Department of Psychology in PUC-Minas. His experience in Literature has an emphasis in the Brazilian iconic writer Guimarães Rosa and the development of the concept of “poetic porosity.” His doctoral dissertation defended in 2006, which gave birth to this book, received the CAPES award for Best Thesis of the year in the area of Arts in 2007.