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Censorship in the law and in the hard way: how the dictatorship wanted to silence the narratives about its violence

Abstract

In 1977,an Alfa-Omega published “Em Câmara Lenta”, by Renato Tapajós. It was the first book to denounce the brutality of the torture enforced by the military against the activists of groups leftist guerrilla. In July of 1977, Tapajós was jailed in São Paulo under the accusation that “Em Câmara Lenta” was an instrument of revolutionary war. Taking consideration the complex repercussions of this event, the aim of this dissertation is to demonstrate how the leftist guerrilla experience was transformed in a literary narrative. In order to do that, I present a study of this book history, the criminal procedures enforced against Renato Tapajós (using the documentation of the State Department of Political and Social Order-DOPS, the political police of São Paulo, produced during the police investigation) and in favor of him, as well as the testimonial narrative of the romance and its criticaI reception by the public and the specialists. (AU)

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