História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos
Print version ISSN 0104-5970
LACERDA-QUEIROZ, Norinne; QUEIROZ SOBRINHO, Antônio and TEIXEIRA, Antônio Lúcio. The portrayal of malaria in the works of João Guimarães Rosa. Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos [online]. 2012, vol.19, n.2, pp. 475-490. ISSN 0104-5970. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-59702012000200007.
The article discusses the historical, scientific and literary aspects of malaria, with an emphasis on images of the disease in the work of the writer João Guimarães Rosa. The main reference for this study is the short story "Sarapalha," which is featured in the book entitled Sagarana. The author's medical training together with his experiences in the hinterlands of the country is the subject matter for the work, with stories of the harsh reality of life in the outback. A highlight of the story is the narrative of malaria in the language of the outback, though with absolute medical and scientific precision.
Keywords : literature; popular culture; malaria; João Guimarães Rosa (1908-1967); Sarapalha.