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A Literatura ­Mundo e O ano em que Pigafetta completou a circum­navegação
World­ Literature and The Year Pigafetta Completed the Circumnavigation

Author(s): Maria Luísa Malato
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Translation Studies
Published by: Editura Universităţii »Alexandru Ioan Cuza« din Iaşi
Keywords: Comparative Literature; World-Literature; Translation; Interculturality; Antonio Pigafetta; Luís Cardoso; East Timor;

Summary/Abstract: The first voyage of circumnavigation – started in 1519 by Magellan, completed by Elcano (1522), and narrated by Pigafetta in Relazione del primo viaggio in torno al mondo (1524) – gave empirical answers to four different scientific questions: if one could travel by sea and reach East by navigating West; if the American continent had a south passage to another ocean; what was the real dimension of the Equator; and if going eastwards made travels shorter, showing that time is conditioned by the direction of movement. Travels prove, according to Roditi, the relativity of “time, space, matter and the world as a continuum”. The Year Pigafetta Completed the Circumnavigation [O ano em que Pigafetta completoua circum-navegação] – a novel published in 2013 by Luís Cardoso and based on a dialogue with Pigafetta’s writing – seems to address, metaphorically, similar questions about “World-Literature”: if space, time, matter and the world are interrelated concepts in translation.

  • Issue Year: 3/2019
  • Issue No: Special
  • Page Range: 61-72
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Portuguese