quinta-feira, 12 de março de 2015

Antonio Ferro, Orpheu and Beyond

"In 2015, a cool one hundred years after the publication of the first issue of Orpheu, a journal which, in its 2 issues, scandalized pretty much all of Portugal, there are conferences lined up in Portugal and Brazil, as well as exhibitions mounted in the same cities. 
There is even one at the Library of Congress in the U. S. of A. ( though nothing is planned, as far as I know, for London or, for that matter, for Durban. Time has long since confined itself to singling out for our attention figures such as Mário de Sá-Carneiro, Almada Negreiros, and, of course, Pessoa. Seldom acknowledged, though (and then only grudgingly), is the role of Ferro (money, yes, but no literary contributions from this baby in the putsch. Undoubtedly, his years afterwards as a risk-taking news- man (conducting sympathetic interviews with fascist heads-of- state) or as the eager-beaver, self- promoting publicist of Salazar's thumb-screws rule. 
But forgot is his unflagging loyalty to a Modernist agenda, promoting the literature, architecture, and lore of his country. It's time to re-open the cold, cold case of Antonio Ferro. "

 Universidade de Brown
Mar. 8, 2015

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