Days and Nights at the Copan

David William Foster

in São Paulo

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036656
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038445 | DOI:
Days and Nights at the Copan

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Regina Rheda relates individual lives to one of the great architectural icons of São Paulo, the Edifício Copan. If the 1927 Edifício Martinelli is the signature building of early Brazilian modernism, the one representing its high point is the 1960 Edifício Copan, originally an Oscar Niemeyer project (although he later abandoned it) designed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of São Paulo in 1954. The Copan is a symbol of São Paulo as Brazil's largest and most complex megalopolis and of the futility of the promise of a modernist order for urban space. Depicting the Copan before its more recent rejuvenation, Regina Rheda's short stories index the decline of the Copan as part of the decline of downtown São Paulo. Her fiction is hilariously entertaining, but this chapter considers its amalgam as the underlying écriture of the eight longish stories that make up her first book: Arca sem Noé: histórias do Edifício Copan.

Keywords: Regina Rheda; Edifício Copan; São Paulo; Edifício Martinelli; modernism; Oscar Niemeyer; Brazil; megalopolis; urban space; short stories

Chapter.  4034 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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