Title The Origins: Excerpt From Cemetery For The Living (55 numbered copies printed).
Binding Pictorial wrappers.
Book Condition Fine (as new) copy.
Edition First edition (& 1st printing).
Publisher Raphus Press: Sao Paulo, Brazil. 2017.
Seller ID 42763
Limited to 55 numbered copies. 24 page booklet: between the years of 1919 and 1920, Lima Barreto, a remarkable writer from Rio de Janeiro, was institutionalized by force in the infamous National Hospital of Insane; he faced a serious condition of delirium tremens, and the response to this from the health security authorities at the time was the humiliation that began when the patient was transported through the streets of the city. All these experiences were recorded in a diary, later transformed into the novel Cemitério dos Vivos (a possible translation: ''Cemetery for the Living''), an extraordinary narrative experience that remained incomplete, since the death of the author prevented its conclusion. In fact, the book would only be published in 1956, long after the author's passing. However, excerpts were published in the Brazilian magazines in the 1920s, one of them a compilation of the first chapter, THE ORIGINS, presented in the third and last chapbook of the series ''Golden Age of Clairvoyance''. This extraordinary and rare material is introduced by a piece, an Alcebiades Diniz Miguel original short story, ''Sickness'', on the misery and madness unfortunately very common in Brazilian backlands.
''Raphus Press is a publishing house inspired by the private press from the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century, decentered - one axis in Latin America, the other in Europe - whose central focus is the translation of short-form works, little known, outside the usual canon. The translations are accompanied by unusual pieces of fiction as well as galleries of images from the public domain - this material establishes a dialogue with the translated texts, enhancing the impact of these original works on the contemporary reader.