Saudades do Brasil : a photographic memoir /
Claude Lévi-Strauss ; translated from the French by Sylvia Modelski.
Seattle : University of Washington Press, c1995.
221 p. : chiefly ill.
0295974729 (alk. paper)
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Seattle : University of Washington Press, c1995.
0295974729 (alk. paper)
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-04:
While teaching at the new University of S~ao Paulo, L'evi-Strauss made several excursions to Mato Grosso and the southern Amazon, the basis for his classic Tristes Tropiques (Paris, 1955). This photographic memoir by the founder of structural anthropology presents 180 of the more than 3,000 images taken by L'evi-Strauss during his field work in Brazil from 1935 to 1939. The opening chapter, "First Looks at Brazil," is perhaps the most interesting: these photographs emphasize the dynamic transition of the city of S~ao Paulo from a frontier town, bathed in dazzling light because of its altitude and tropical air, to an industrial and financial metropolis. The author then proceeds into the interior, traveling north with a companion determined "to go as far as his car would take us." The photographs capture the magic of Brazil's hinterland and always emphasize the human as well as the physical landscape. The remaining sections, on the indigenous population, are equally fascinating and always personal. The volume is handsomely printed in large, square format with a marvelous short prologue by L'evi-Strauss. Contains an excellent map and interesting reproductions of pencil sketches from field notebooks. Highly recommended. All levels. R. M. Levine; University of Miami
Appeared in Library Journal on 1996-01:
Through 180 photographs, noted anthropologist Lévi-Strauss documents his ethnographic research among the peoples of Brazil from 1935 to 1939. The photographs, mostly of the people he studied and encountered, are beautifully reproduced and captioned. A 15-page prolog provides the context for the pictures and includes general comments on the changes that Lévi-Strauss has observed in Brazil over the last 50 years. Although subtitled a memoir, the book does not introduce readers to the author's life's work or his philosophy of anthropology. As it is, the collection of photographs represents a time that will never be re-created, and like other collections of ethnographic materials, it stands as a record of the physical makeup, cultural traditions, and environment of the people it includes. Readers interested in the details of Lévi-Strauss's research on Brazil should refer to his classic Tristes Tropiques (LJ 7/61). Recommended for general readers.-Joyce L. Ogburn, Yale Univ. Lib., New Haven, Ct. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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