Poetics of the Hummingbird

Latin American travel prose in Gabriela Mistral, Mário de Andrade and Henri Michaux – a study of the forms and perceptions of small prose writings from Latin America in the 1920s.

About the book

Poetics of the Hummingbird

For a long time, the travelogue was considered a companion to colonialism. This changed in Latin America in the 1920s, of which the forgotten feuilleton articles, diaries and notes of the Chilean Nobel Prize winner Gabriela Mistral, the ‘Pope of Brazilian Modernism’ Mário de Andrade and the Belgian-French avant-gardist Henri Michaux. The three travelers portray an interest in the history of knowledge about the continent and play with established forms of literary perception. With the hummingbird, which is deeply rooted in Aztec mythology, their little travel prose unites not only the compact size, but also mobility and speed.

Maps to the book

Pictures from the journeys of Gabriela Mistral, Mário de Andrade and Henri Michaux