The portrayal of malaria in the works of João Guimarães Rosa

Norinne Lacerda-Queiroz, Antônio Queiroz Sobrinho, Antônio Lúcio Teixeira

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-489
Number of pages15
JournalHistoria, Ciencias, Saude - Manguinhos
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • João Guimarães Rosa (1908- 1967)
  • Literature
  • Malaria
  • Popular culture
  • Sarapalha

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History and Philosophy of Science


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