Cunha, Euclides da

Cunha, Euclides da ā˝o͝oklē´dĭsh dä ko͞o´nyə [key], 1866–1909, Brazilian writer. After his military service, Cunha became a civil engineer and a journalist. He wrote several historical works but is remembered for only one book, Os sertões (1902, tr. Rebellion in the Backlands, 1944), an account of a rebellion against the Brazilian government led by a religious fanatic, Antônio Conselheiro, in 1896–97. The book is a pessimistic narrative, embellished with lengthy descriptions of the Brazilian landscape and living conditions it is primarily concerned with the state of mankind in Brazil. Its power and sincerity counterbalance its complexity of style and racist doctrine.

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