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The Recife of Freyre and the Mangueboys: Views on the Space and Life of the City


Journal: História e Cultura
ISSN 2238-6270

Volume: 01;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 70;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Recife | Modern city | Urban experience.

This paper aims to catch sight of Recife from two distinct perspectives. On one hand, we can see Recife in the memories of Gilberto Freyre in his book Guia Prático e sentimental do Recife, where the author honors the city where he lives starting from his past of dominant colonial location before the evil of devastating Modernity could change it in such a way that he could not recognize certain traces of his city. On the other hand, we have the views of some mangueboys, so called the components of the cultural scene Manguebeat in the 90s last century. The Modernity which changed Freyre’s city is seen from the peripheries in the mistakes, in the chaos of the metropolis in which became the bucolic Recife in the past. Checking the work from these individuals we can see the different views on the city, on the two-storied houses and houses on stilts. It is seen with disparate tones, sounds and feelings.
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