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Graciliano Ramos used to be broadly one in all an important Brazilian authors of the 20 th century. He used to be a seminal voice within the literary "regionalism" movement.
As a baby Ramos lived in lots of towns of Northeastern Brazil, plagued by poverty and serious climatic conditions (droughts). After high-school, Graciliano went to Rio de Janeiro the place he labored as a journalist. In 1915 he traveled to Palmeira dos Indios, kingdom of Alagoas, to reside along with his father and in 1927 he used to be elected mayor.
In 1933 he released his first booklet, Caetés. many years later he was once jailed by means of the Getúlio Vargas executive, on a cost that used to be by no means made transparent. His reports in prison may develop into a different own deposition, Memórias do Cárcere.
Graciliano died in 1953, on the age of 60. His "dry" type of writing and the clash among the identity and the area are the numerous marks of his works.

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Marco do romance moderno brasileiro, "Angústia" é a expressão máxima do embate, entre a subjetividade do escritor e a realidade objetiva é sempre opressora, que se revela na figura de um pequeno funcionário e sua consciência de condenado à mediocridade.

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I answered him rather curtly that I was making my way back from a year abroad in my province. ” Then some know-it-all standing nearby butted in: “What? ” Why should I say more? At this point, I gave up and joined the crowd on the beach. Friends and Enemies Cicero made many friends and even more enemies as he climbed the political ladder. He worked tirelessly throughout his career to 16 H O W T O R UN A CO UN T RY strengthen the state, especially in his exposure of a plot by the ruined nobleman Catiline to overthrow the elected government.

Gentlemen of the jury, I don’t deny that preserving the safety of our state is a steep, difficult, and dangerous path to tread. I would be lying if I said I haven’t known and experienced the perils of this road more than most. The forces that attack our Republic are greater than those that defend her. Reckless and desperate men need only a small push to urge them to move against our country. But unfortunately, decent people are usually slow to act and ignore 11 H O W T O R UN A CO UN T RY dangers until a crisis erupts.

There’s no room left to sit on the fence. Money and Power Ancient Rome was a empire of haves and havenots, with little in the way of a social safety net. Taxes could be onerous, but were needed to fund the large army. Since the second century BC, there had been proposals to reduce the tax burden 36 H O W T O R UN A CO UN T RY and redistribute land and goods among veterans and the urban poor. Cicero did not object to easing the burden on the needy, but warns in his essay On Duties against the dangers of politicians taking such sentiments too far.

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