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Claro Enigma Collection: edition of poetry and literary sociability in São Paulo (1988-1990)

Grant number: 21/11191-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2022
Effective date (End): November 05, 2025
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of Brazil
Principal Investigator:Marisa Midore Deaecto
Grantee:Hugo de Carvalho Quinta
Host Institution: Escola de Comunicações e Artes (ECA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Starting from an unprecedented personal Collection, this project has as it's objective, the editorial Collection entitled Claro Enigma, conceived by Augusto Massi and published by Livraria Duas Cidades between 1988 and 1990. The Collection launched thirteen books of Brazilian poets. It innovated in the published books materiality, on the disclosure strategies and in the literary sociability fostered from the debates encouraged by the editor in the city of São Paulo. At that time, Massi was studying for a Master's degree in Literature at the University of São Paulo and was a collaborator at Folha de S. Paulo. The Collection involved the poets Orides Fontela, Maria Lúcia Alvim, José Paulo Paes, Francisco Alvim, Alcides Villaça, Sebastião Uchoa Leite, João Moura Jr., Rubens Rodrigues Torres, Paulo Henriques Britto, Ronaldo Brito, Duda Machado, Age de Carvalho and Alberto Alexandre Martins. The Collection cover project was signed by Moema Cavalcanti. Silvia Massaro was responsible for the core project. The editorial secretariat was taken care of by Gisela Creni. The edition was supported by Professor Santa Cruz (owner of Livraria Duas Cidades), by the art critic Rodrigo Neves, by the painter Iberê Camargo, by the visual artist Mira Schendel, by the sculptor Amilcar de Castro, and by the literary critics Antonio Candido, Roberto Schwarz and João Luiz Lafetá, among other important personalities of intellectuality and national culture. In 1990, artists, writers and cultural producers were reunited at MASP in the Collection closing ceremony, at the cycle Artes e Ofícios da Poesia. It should be said that Claro Enigma became a reference in the literary environment of São Paulo, through a project that had the ambition to induce a cultural intervention.

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