Iracema, the Honey-Lips: a Legend of Brazil

José de ALENCAR (1829 - 1877), translated by Isabel BURTON (1831 - 1896)

Iracema (translated as Iracema, the Honey Lips: a legend of Brazil) is considered one of the most important books of Brazilian romanticism, but also of Brazilian literature as a whole. It's been called a poem in prose, a poetic novel, a fictional-historical novel, an indianist novel, an epic-lyric narrative, a mythic poem. The obvious difficulty in defining this work shows its many facets: legendary, narrative, poetic, lyric, mythic. The story revolves around the unexpected appearance of a Portuguese warrior in the lands of the Tabajara indians, on the shores of Ceará, Brazil, in the early years of the 16th century. The Portuguese Martim meets the beautiful and young Iracema (whose name means "honey-lips") while wandering lost in the forest, and an unexpected and forbidden love is born. The story has been read as a representation of the process of colonization of the Americas as a clash and mixture of two different races in the process of creation of a new race, the name Iracema itself being an anagram of America. This is also one of the first, if not the first Brazilian novel to be translated into English. Lady Isabel Burton lived in Brazil between 1865 and 1869, having personally met the author José de Alencar, requesting his authorization and assistance for the translation, as she herself describes in the Preface. - Summary by Leni

Genre(s): Literary Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Leni
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Play 01 Chapter I Leni
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Play 02 Chapter II Leni
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Play 03 Chapter III Leni
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Play 04 Chapter IV Leni
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Play 05 Chapter V Leni
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Play 06 Chapter VI Leni
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Play 07 Chapter VII Leni
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Play 08 Chapter VIII Leni
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Play 09 Chapter IX Leni
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Play 10 Chapter X Leni
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Play 11 Chapter XI Leni
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Play 12 Chapter XII Leni
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Play 13 Chapter XIII Leni
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Play 14 Chapter XIV Leni
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Play 15 Chapter XV Leni
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Play 16 Chapter XVI Leni
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Play 17 Chapter XVII Leni
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Play 18 Chapter XVIII Leni
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Play 19 Chapter XIX Leni
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Play 20 Chapter XX Leni
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Play 21 Chapter XXI Leni
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Play 22 Chapter XXII Leni
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Play 23 Chapter XXIII Leni
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Play 24 Chapter XXIV Leni
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Play 25 Chapter XXV Leni
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Play 26 Chapter XXVI Leni
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Play 27 Chapter XXVII Leni
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Play 28 Chapter XXVIII Leni
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Play 29 Chapter XXIX Leni
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Play 30 Chapter XXX Leni
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Play 31 Chapter XXXI Leni
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Play 32 Chapter XXXII Leni
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Play 33 Chapter XXXIII Leni
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