The writing of cities in reflection on the Centésima Página

How does one write the life of the city? What remains and what dissolves in the agglutinating routine of the urban space? Notas do Quotidiano 2 – Passagens na vida urbana, by Passeio, the Platform of Urban Art and Culture of the Communication and Society Research Centre, and O Crespos, by Adolfo Luxúria Canibal, with illustrations by José Carlos Costa, will be launched on March 11. Both publications capture the details of cities in writing.

The book by Passeio – edited by the project coordinators Helena Pires and Zara Pinto-Coelho – collects essays arising from fieldwork that began in 2017 and ends in February 2021. There are nearly four dozen essays based on fieldwork from 2017 to February 2021. From Braga to Detroit via Barcelona, nearly four dozen articles highlight urban culture and art. They are available in open access. These notes on everyday life can include the S. João, graffiti or traditional commerce. According to the publishers, the book’s introduction offers a mosaic of small fragments of daily urban life and stems from “the desire to share”.

O Crespos is also dedicated to the passage and permanence, the life of a character who “exactly thirty-four years, six months and seven days ago” sits at the table of the Brasileira, described in the book’s synopsis, published by Porto Editora. Amid the often-repeated rituals and the sudden changes in the city, the author asks: “What will remain of us, when we are no longer here?”.

The book launch invites to a reflection on “The different idiolects in urban culture and life”, in a talk at Centésima Página Bookshop, in Braga, with the participation of the authors and mediated by writers Valter Hugo Mãe and João Habitualmente.

When? March 11th, 6 p.m.

Where? Livraria Centésima Página, Braga

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[Posted: 03-0-2022]