Saudades Do Brasil: A Photographic Memoir 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0295975665
ISBN-10: 0295975660
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Through 180 photographs, noted anthropologist Levi-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 Levi-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 Levi-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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In an attractively laid out and carefully printed 10-by-11-inch volume, the father of structural anthropology presents some 180 of the photographs he took during his 1935^-39 encounters with small tribal peoples living in Brazil's forests. He displays the pictures as though they traced a single excursion beginning in Sao Paulo, proceeding through his sojourns with the tribes, and concluding with the long return from the jungle by canoe, riverboat, and amphibian airplane. Introducing them, Levi-Strauss discusses the physical and cultural differences 60 years have wrought in the lives of the peoples he studied and also, more intriguingly, reminds us of his contention that these "primitive" peoples are the regressed survivors of more complex societies. A fascinating record of one of the twentieth-century's most significant social scientific enterprises. Ray Olson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295975660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295975665
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 1997
Format: Paperback
Clause-Levi-Strauss is a reference for generations since the publication of his studies about kinship, in which he developed his theories about structure and after that, some of our intellectual fields have never been the same again.
An intellectual like him can be very important for a science in a country, and he has influenced most of Brazilian anthropologists since then. But this marvellous photographic and literary essay reaveals that a country can also be very important for a young sociologist that would became one of the guidelines of the contemporary thpught. The young intellectual born in Belgium arrived in Sao Paulo about 1935 with his young wife, Dina. The Universty of Sao Paulo was in process of creation and he came here to teach antropology. Here, in contact with his students that were French speakers, with Mario de Andrade - the author of Macunaima - and going through the fields of a changing city like Sao Paulo and the forests of Brazil, he became an Antropologist.
Now, he feels "saudade", this word that only exists in Portuguese. To fell saudades is to miss something or somebody, to be homesick, to feel nostalgic, but is a feeling beyond description. Reading this book, as Brazilian and Anthopologist, and looking at the photos LeviStrauss took here, I felt saudades as well. I could not write of saudades of a time when I was not even born. But of a lost city, the Indians we lost, the antrhopological hope of an understanding between men. During the thirties, Brazil and France were geographically far, but could dialogue in equal terms. Now all frontiers are fading and we can feel saudades of the promises that the modern thought has left without answer
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By C. Macauley on March 3, 2015
Format: Hardcover
In 1994 the 86-year-old anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss was persuaded to go through over a thousand old photos that he had from several trips he made in Brazil in the late 1930s. During these journeys he visited the Bororo, Mande and Nambikwara tribes of the western Amazon, and gathered ethnographic data that became the basis for much of his anthropological writing. This book is a collection of 180 of these photos with a prologue and captions.

It is marvelous because it tells the story of Brazil in the 30s, a country with a few small cities and a vast outback of forests and rivers about which very little was actually known. Although most of Brazil's indigenous peoples had died out long before, Levi-Strauss visited a few communities that survived.

These black-and-white photos are clear and well-composed, often contemplative studies of hunter-gatherers living in a wilderness little touched by western civilization. Levi-Strauss treats his subjects with kindness and respect and is unreserved in his praise for their beauty and their often casual existence without clothes, using the most rudimentary of shelters and tools. They are often shown comfortably coexisting with birds and animals. Levi-Strauss also records some of the challenges he faced in his journey through undeveloped wildlands, by truck, horseback, canoe and on foot.

It is fortunate that we have this photographic record of a past era, and that Levi-Strauss himself took the time to annotate these pictures. An invaluable historical document.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hidehiko Kotaki on June 17, 2014
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Japan version of this book is very expensive. Therefore, I changed my direction of the search to French original and/or to English version. The price of English version was very reasonable. The condition of the book delivered after a month of waiting is more than I expected. The quality of the printing is good. The pictures recorded here by the author is a treasure to mankind.
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