Assombrações quotidianas no universo ficcional de Augusto Abelaira

Title in English Everyday hauntings in the fictional universe of Augusto Abelaira


Year of publication 2022
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Faculty of Arts

Description The early literary work of Augusto Abelaira (1926-2003) falls within the scope of the new trends in Portuguese narrative of the 1960s, linked to the influence of experimentalism and nouveau roman. Moreover, the large amount of several (dis)constructionist, quotational and intertextual resources, as well as the use of recurring motifs in variations, correspond to the aesthetics of postmodernism, invoked in relation to Abelaira's work, in general, from the publication of Bolor (1968). In Augusto Abelaira's prose, the use of these resources points to the various levels of meaning that lay bare the fragilities of human beings, their permanent search for plenitude and their anguish when facing a world emptied by habit. This is also why Abelaira's prose generally reveals a daily life lived in silence, without major events, haunted by routine, repetitions of gestures, words and meanings. This paper intends, therefore, to give voice to some of these Abelairian hauntings, highlighting, from this perspective, the ties between the novel Bolor and the short story "Quatro paredes nuas" (Four bare walls, 1972), texts connected, among other things, by the female figure with the same name, Maria dos Remédios.
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