quinta-feira, 16 de junho de 2011

Without the inconvenience

Camoens [Camões], a very tough, military ironist, has da Gama relate the story, and he is the hero who in canto 9 will enjoy Thetis in that superb erotic paradise, the Island of Love. In a national epic more Portuguese than Roman Catholic (despites its professed piety), the audacious Camoens takes back from the Koran its vision of the sexual bliss waiting the warriors of Islam in Paradise. Camoens, again ironically, does better than Muhammad; Vasco da Gama and his heroic mariners experience their immortal orgasms with the nymphs without the inconvenience of dying first.

(in Genius-A mosaic of one hundred exemplary creative minds, Harold Bloom)

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