Passages Bookshop & Gallery, located in Portland, Oregon, specializes in unusual, fine, and rare books and graphic art, focusing on poetry, modern art and literature, fine printing and artist’s books, and related materials.
We host readings, book launches, music, and receptions for artists in connection with our program of regularly changing exhibitions.
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Saturday, January 19, 7:00 pm
David Coulter will read from his translation of Galician surrealist and revolutionary E.F. Granell’s Novel of the Tupinamba Indian, recently published by City Lights.
Written by Galician surrealist artist and revolutionary E.F. Granell,
The Novel of the Tupinamba Indian is a picaresque, Cervantes-influenced allegory of the Spanish Civil War. Set against a cruel landscape peopled by generals, priests, conquistadors, poets, witches, and nuns, Tupinamba Indian embodies Granell's wartime experiences while transforming them through his lush and incendiary surrealist imagination.
"With his capricious behavior and detachable head, the protagonist—a member of one of Brazil's indigenous tribes—parodies the Enlightenment concept of the noble savage as he investigates a Spanish civilization upended by conflict. Like Robert Desnos' Liberty or Love or Michel Leiris' Aurora, Tupinamba Indian proceeds by the logic of dreams, resisting the brutal realties of Franco's ascent to dictatorship through absurdist travesty and paying homage to the classless society that might have been.