Murilo, o surrealismo e a religião

Raúl Antelo


Murilo Mendes’s poetry shows a position balanced between, on the one hand, a scriptural Christianism that believes in a unique and sole truth—even though such a singularity may remain open to the indeterminacy of signifying systems—and, on the other hand, a hermeneutic relativism that rejects the idea that there be a final and definite truth. Nevertheless, in order to achieve that goal, it is necessary to analyze the Brazilian cultural atmosphere in which Murilo Mendes developed his ideas about religion and literature. This also involves a reconstruction of the European debate on these topics that took place among the French surrealists and dissidents.


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