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Travels in the Atlantic and on the Currents of Social Life

Benjamin Abdala Junior ; Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciencias Humanas, Universidade de São Paulo

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APA 6th Edition
Abdala Junior, B. (2016). Putovanja Atlantikom i vode društvenog života. Književna smotra, 48 (181(3)), 5-11. Retrieved from
MLA 8th Edition
Abdala Junior, Benjamin. "Putovanja Atlantikom i vode društvenog života." Književna smotra, vol. 48, no. 181(3), 2016, pp. 5-11. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Abdala Junior, Benjamin. "Putovanja Atlantikom i vode društvenog života." Književna smotra 48, no. 181(3) (2016): 5-11.
Abdala Junior, B. (2016). 'Putovanja Atlantikom i vode društvenog života', Književna smotra, 48(181(3)), pp. 5-11. Available at: (Accessed 13 April 2021)
Abdala Junior B. Putovanja Atlantikom i vode društvenog života. Književna smotra [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2021 April 13];48(181(3)):5-11. Available from:
B. Abdala Junior, "Putovanja Atlantikom i vode društvenog života", Književna smotra, vol.48, no. 181(3), pp. 5-11, 2016. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 13 April 2021]

Starting off from images and movie song of Motorcycle Diaries, the Brazilian Walter Salles discusses the meaning of the practice of the then young medical student Ernesto Guevara de La Serna and Latin American perspective it raises. The Amazon River is central to these observations, as is the case with the novel The Raft (1881) by Jules Verne and The Stone Raft by José Saramago, published one hundred years later, in addition to Werner Herzog's film Fitscarraldo, the price of a dream. The river crossing is also featured as a theme in Guimarães Rosa's work and sets a discussion of the role of the intellectual, as well as the Atlantic crossings between the colonizer and the colonized. The crossings in theoretical and critical terms are problematized in terms of boundaries and identities. The prospects opened up by the short story "Orientation" (Tutaméia) by Guimarães Rosa, the novel by José Saramago and a symbolic crossing in the Angolan romance Pepetela (A generation of utopia), reverse the positivist outlook of modernity and evade being ossified by postmodernity. Such narratives spawn the discussion of historical, cultural and literary discourses of our times that naturalize the processes of networking and acceptance of asymmetrical cultural flows. In contrast to the habits of the managed society, leading to administration of difference in favor of established hegemonies, they develop the concept of concrete utopia, a youth principle, which is realized in the projects where supranational community horizons are key.

literature and politics; literature and cinema; Ibero-African-American perspective; role of the intellectual; globalization and communitarianism

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