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'A Carne' (in ) is a 1888 Naturalist novel by Jlio Ribeiro. It is one of the most controversial works of the Brazilian literature, being frequently compared and considered as a forerunner to D. H. Lawrence's 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'.


Lenita is a young, nave 22-year-old woman who, recently orphaned, goes to live with an old farmer who raised her father. In the farmer's house, she meets his son, Manuel Barbosa, a divorced man. They soon start a forbidden love relationship.


'A Carne' has themes considered to be "strong" for the time it was released (the 19th century), such as divorce and heavy eroticism, among others. Many people have negatively reviewed the romance, such as Jos Verssimo and Alfredo Pujol. The most vehement critic was the priest Sena Freitas, who wrote an article entitled 'A Carnia' for the famous newspaper 'Dirio Mercantil', for which the book's author, Jlio Ribeiro, also worked. Ribeiro refuted Freitas' critiques in the articles 'O Urubu Sena Freitas' . Freitas' and Ribeiro's articles were compiled and published posthumously in 1934 under the title 'Uma Polmica Clebre' .

Ribeiro once said, referring to his position:


The novel was adapted into an eponymous film in 1975. Directed by J. Marreco, it starred Selma Egrei, Newton Prado and Geraldo Del Rey. Unlike the book however, it was not a controversial film, since it was made during the "'pornochanchada'" period.


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