Lima Barreto

Edited by Lamonte Aidoo

Lexington Books 2013

Lima Barreto's fiction, journalism, and diaries, as well as his personal and professional trajectories, remain a powerful challenge to most canonical interpretations of Brazilian race relations and national identity. This collection of critical essays achieves the important task of gathering a number of respected scholars from different regions and disciplines to offer a variety of highly innovative readings of his works, as well as rigorous analyses of life in early 20th-century Brazil. It offers an invaluable contribution to the fields of comparative literature, hemispheric studies, African diaspora, gender and race studies, and Decolonial thinking. It will certainly become an essential resource for both the specialist and those looking for an informed introduction to Brazilian culture. (Cesar Braga-Pinto, associate professor, Brazilian studies, Northwestern University)