A century ago, the modernist movement arrived to revolutionize Brazilian culture. The influence of this historical and artistic period reverberates to this day and is the subject of Modernisms 1922-2022book that brings together 29 articles on the virtues and controversies of the movement. This is one of the main literary releases of February, along with works of scientific dissemination, from botany to astronomy, and historical novels, from prose to comics.
Check out our selection of books hitting bookstores this month:
1. Modernisms 1922-2022organized by Gênese Andrade (Companhia das Letras, 896 pages, R$ 159.90)
In celebration of the centenary of the 1922 Modern Art Week, 29 essays organized by professor and researcher Gênese Andrade review this historic moment in Brazilian art, whose antecedents and developments still provoke many discussions.
Written by scholars such as José Miguel Wisnik, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, Walnice Nogueira Galvão and Regina Teixeira de Barros, the articles reflect on the virtues and controversies of the modernist movement. Among them are the dialogue with feminist thought, the representation and representation of black people in the artistic production of the period, the strength of graphic design in avant-garde books and magazines and the appropriation of indigenous themes in some of her main works.
With almost 900 pages, the volume enriches discussions about Brazilian history and culture. Modernismos 1922-2022 is up for pre-order and will hit bookstores on February 7.
two. White birdby RJ Palácio (Intrinsic, 224 pages, BRL 69.90)
On February 8th, the universe of Extraordinary, best sellers children and youth that sold more than 12 million copies in 50 languages, will win another volume. This time, writer and graphic designer RJ Palacio will release her first comic book.
In White birdJulian Albans, the popular boy who bullied Auggie (star of Extraordinary)knows the story of his grandmother Sara. During World War II, she had to hide from the Nazis and, to survive, she was taken in by the family of Julien Beaumier, a boy stricken with polio and excluded by everyone at school. Together, they build a beautiful friendship and show that empathy and respect for differences are essential for humanity, causing Julian to reflect on his attitudes.
3. The Little Book of Black Holesby Steven S. Gubser and Frans Pretorius (Review, 256 pages, R$56.90)
What are black holes? What’s inside them? What would happen if someone fell in there? These are some questions that physicists Steven S. Gubser and Frans Pretorius answer in The Little Book of Black Holesreleased on February 4 by the Crítica label, by Editora Planeta de Livros. In the work, they discuss Einstein’s theory of relativity, the static black holes proposed by Karl Schwarzschild, the rotating ones, the colliding ones, the radiation emitted by these phenomena and what other scientists have discovered or theorized about them.
4. Astronomy: the stars, science, everyday lifeby Marcelo Girardi Schappo (Editora Contexto, 128 pages, R$35.00)
Still talking about astronomy, there is also a national work coming out of the printers. On February 11, the book will be released Astronomy: the stars, science, everyday lifewritten by Marcelo Girardi Schappo, professor at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Santa Catarina (IFSC) and coordinator of the Astro&Física science communication project.
In the book, the physicist explains what they are and how various celestial bodies and astronomical events across the Universe work — but not only that. Schappo also shows how astronomy is present in our daily lives and how it was a fundamental part of the advancement of humanity. After all, without being guided by the stars, our ancestors would not have been able to develop agriculture or travel the globe. “Understanding the sky is a necessity”, defends the author.
5. The amazing journey of plantsby Stefano Mancuso (Ubu Editora, 192 pages, R$54.90)
In his new work published in Brazil, Italian botanist Stefano Mancuso discusses a side we rarely relate to plants: movement. With his typical writing that mixes science and literature, the specialist in plant neurobiology tells how the kingdom plant adapted in different ways to migrate around the world and thus survive. Carried by animals, water or wind, plants and their seeds have unique strategies to travel the planet, transforming the environment and the other beings that live with them.
6. Feminisms: a global historyby Lucy Delap (Companhia das Letras, 336 pages, R$84.90)
Specialist in gender history, British historian Lucy Delap challenges herself to tell the trajectory of feminist movements around the world, avoiding the typical division in “waves” that narrates only the struggles and achievements of white European and North American women.
To organize the different forms of female mobilization around the world, the author developed the book in eight thematic axes: dreams, ideas, spaces, objects, visuals, feelings, actions and songs. The complexity of feminist movements is explored in each one, revealing how revolutions, religions, empires and anti-colonial struggles have influenced the struggle for gender equality over the centuries. Feminisms: a global history is up for pre-order and will be released on February 18th.
7. One day this night endsby Roberto Elisabetsky (Boitempo, 248 pages, R$ 49.00)
In One day this night endsplaywright Roberto Elisabetsky intertwines the history of a family with the recent history of Brazil, bringing to light events since the 1950s.
It all starts on January 25, 1984, when the city of São Paulo celebrated its 430th birthday and thousands of people gathered in Praça da Sé to shout “Diretas, Já!”, demanding the end of the military dictatorship that had been established in the country for twenty years. before. That night, Fernanda and her son watch the mobilization on TV, trying to fit the national event into the family’s own past, marked by a tragic disappearance. It is then that a stranger visits them and brings unexpected revelations about the events that marked their lives. One day this night ends It’s on pre-sale until February 15th.