You may have heard of Flip, the International Literary Festival of Paraty, which has been taking place since 2003 in the historic city located on the southern coast of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Writers from around the world, editors and the public interested in literature meet to participate in activities such as debates, readings, performances, among others. Each year, a national author is honored. To know everything about Flip, just go to the official website of the event. In 2016, Flip began on June 29 and runs through July 3.
But what does Flip have to do with her studies? Very! Look that:
By meeting the authors invited to the event, you discover that literature can be a gateway to understanding current major issues. Want examples?
Gain a new perspective on Syria and the migratory crisis by reading about the writer Abud Said. If you need, review our lesson on the subject.
The debate that takes place on Sunday at 10am will have the participation of Abud Said. He was born in 1983 in Syria and had to interrupt his studies of economics because of the political instability in the region where he lived. Flip’s official website says that in 2009 the writer opened a Facebook account and went on to make daily reports – full of sarcasm and irony – about wartime.
His book has, in Portuguese, the title of The Smartest Guy on Facebook (Editora 34, 2016). Today, Abud Said lives in Berlin. The most interesting? Their stories are not just about war, but they deal with issues that are very close to everyone who decides to expose themselves on social networks. This Folha Folha text describes the experience of reading the Syrian writer.
Find out more about Contemporary Literature following the homage to writer Ana Cristina Cesar. We give strength to those who do not remember much about this theme: check with our class.
Flip’s honored writer of the year is Ana Cristina Cesar from Rio de Janeiro, who died at the age of 31 in 1983. The website of Instituto Moreira Salles brings a biography of the writer. She is considered one of the leading names of poetry of the twentieth century. In a pre-internet era, Ana Cristina made her books artistically until her first work was published by a publisher in 1892: the collection A teus pies, relaunched by Companhia das Letras. During Flip, a photobiography of the poet will be released, with documents and photos unpublished by the author. The newspaper O Globo published a report on the new book and the other releases that honor Ana Cristina.
The site El Pais opens its text about the writer announcing: “Prepare for the intense days of Ana Cristina César (1952-1983), the Carioca poet who was an icon of the poetry that marked the generation of 70 in Brazil, but the which you have not heard enough.”
According to the School website, Ana Cristina was one of the main representatives of Marginal Poetry, literary movement also known as Generation Mimeograph. Paulo Leminski, Francisco Alvim, Torquato Neto and Chacal were some of the other names that were part of this movement. The site describes the style of the writer:
Ana distinguished herself from her contemporaries because of a unique aesthetic sense, besides a vast intellectual repertoire that took her poetry beyond the ideological agendas. The main characteristics of his poetry are the attraction for the unusual of everyday life; emphasis on existential experience; valuing colloquialism; the speech built in the first person; the cult of the moment, among others.
That’s right: Flip has Math too! After meeting Edward Frenkel, you may fall in love with the subject, one of the most feared by students. If this happens to you, our tip is: study with us!
The Folha de S. Paulo newspaper last year published a report entitled “Genius and Heartthrob, Edward Frenkel wants to do cool math” about Love and Mathematics – The Heart of Hidden Reality. In the work, Frenkel tells how he fell in love with the subject. In his opinion, math is full of beauty – and it is the teachers’ fault that students do not realize it. Frenkel is Russian and today he is a professor at the University of California. Want to know the most curious? Frenkel directed and acted in a short film that illustrates this passion.