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Bilac, in the same issue of Kósmos, speaks directly to a personified carrancismo: “Inaugurou-se a Avenida! . Onde estás tu mettido, Carrancismo ignobil, que por tanto tempo nos opprimiste e deshonraste? . afugentou-te a luz da Avenida . . Andas, com certeza, homisiado nos beccos sujos, em que se mantém ainda a tradição do máu gosto e da immundicie” ‘The Avenue was inaugurated! . Where are you hiding, ignoble Carrancismo, who for so long have oppressed and dishonored us? . the light of the Avenue chased you [carrancismo] away .

The paradox is evident: for decades, the government made little effort to address the lack of public services available in tenements, such as the one on Castelo Hill; however, with the chance of turning a profit, officials rapidly outfitted the bowels of the neighborhood with modern electric light. Through this imaginary reversal, the author attacks the elitism of the reforms and the pattern of erecting public works for resource extraction, not for the public good. Although the mistreatment of the working class is often central to Lima Barreto’s fiction, in O subterrâneo his most vocal protest is, instead, against the destruction of historical monuments.

In the context of public works, imaginative portrayals allowed artists an opportunity to explore the alternative symbolic connotations of the military regime’s prized construction projects. Dias Gomes’s play O Túnel (1968), the regime’s National Transportation Week and its related publications, Carlos Diegues’s film Bye bye Brasil (1979), and Domingos Pellegrini’s story “A maior ponte do mundo” ‘The Longest Bridge in the World’ (1977) capture the tensions underlying the construction of “nationhood” via public works.

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