MANIFESTO FOR A LITERARY BRAZIL
The Instituto C&A, along with the proposals of the Associação Casa Azul—organizer of the International Literary Festival of Paraty—, Fundação Nacional do Livro Infantil e Juvenil, Instituto Ecofuturo, and Centro de Cultura Luiz Freire manifest their intention to contribute for a country of a society of readers. Recognizing the success already given, nationally and internationally to FLIP, the project seeks to extend to the communities stimulating activities that promote the practice of literary reading.
We recognize, as a principle, the right of everyone to participate in the literary production. In today’s world, literacy is considered a good and a right. This is due to the fact that, with the industrialization, the professions require the employee ability to read. In the past, crafts and occupations were transmitted from father to son, without interference from school.
Literacy and knowing how to read and write have become indispensable conditions for professionalization and employment. School is a necessary place to capacitate an individual and facilitate his entry into work. However, by the progress of the human sciences, it is understood as inherent to men and women the need to express and give substance to their inventive capacities.
On the other hand, there is a use of writing and reading that is not very pragmatic. In an era in which the orality lost in part its strength, we no longer have direct contact with narratives that spoke through the fiction about knowledgeable, ethical, and imaginative contents.
It is in the possible world of fiction that the man is really free to think, consider options, and let the fantasy act. It is in the literature that, free from the practical action and necessity, the individual travels in another possible world. Without prejudice in its construction, hence its inherent possibility of inclusion, the literature welcomes us without ignoring our incompleteness.
This is what literature offers and opens to all who want to surrender to the fantasy. Democratizing in this way, the power to create, imagine, recreate, and break the limit of the probable. Its reflexive foundation enables the reader to double up on itself and establish a prose between the real and the idealized.
The literary reading is a right for all and not yet written. The individual longs for knowledge and have the need to extend his creative insights into his living spaces. Understanding literature as capable of opening a subjective dialogue between the reader and literary composition, between the lived and dreamed, between the known and yet to know; considering that this dialogue of differences — inherent to literature — confirms us as the networks of relationships, recognizing that thought flexibility contributes to the construction of new challenges for society; stating that literature, by its structure, welcomes everyone and contributes to the exercise of critical, agile and inventive thinking; understanding that the literary metaphor holds the experience of the reader and does not ignore his peculiarities, and that the institutions in question confirms as essential for the country the implementation of such project.
Giving itself the privilege of planning another daily routine in freedom, and moved by the grate intimacy of its fantasy, a more broad and diverse knowledge of the world is gaining consistency and installing itself in the desire of men and women, promoting individuals to citizens responsible for their own humanity, changing from consumers to investors in the world craftsmanship. Being so, it seeks a society in which the quality of human existence is pursued as an inalienable right.
Freedom, spontaneity, affection and fantasy are the elements that establish the childhood. These substances are also relevant to the literary construction. Hence, literature is close to the child. Enabling the very young access to literary text is to ensure the presence of such elements, which inaugurate life, as essential to their growth. Accordingly, the presence of literature in all areas where childhood wanders is indispensable.
All activities which have literature as a central object will be promoted to make the country a society of readers. It is essential to the project the support of all who understand the literary function in such way. If this is a literary project, it is also a political action for dreaming of a more dignified country.
Bartolomeu Campos de Queirós
Junho de 2009