Giovanni Rossi and his Anarchist Utopia in nineteenth century Brazil

Anarchist Studies - ISSN 2633-8270
Volume 24 Number 2

Giovanni Rossi and his Anarchist Utopia in nineteenth century Brazil
José Antonio Vasconcelos pages -


Giovanni Rossi was an Italian anarchist who promoted an experiment in socialist life by founding an alternative community in the countryside of Brazil at the end of the nineteenth century. The experiment, however, was short lived and lasted only from 1890 to 1894. After the collapse of the community, Rossi remained in Brazil until 1907, working as an agronomist. In the meantime, he wrote a novel, Il Paraná nel XX Secolo, in which he describes the future of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná, imagined as one of the greatest world powers at the end of the twentieth century, along with Belgium. The future of Paraná combines advances in technology and social life and resembles Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward, published a few years before. In this article, I want to present a study of this novel, relating it to some of Rossi’s main commentators and to more general studies about utopian and anarchist thought.

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José Antonio Vasconcelos (2016) Giovanni Rossi and his Anarchist Utopia in nineteenth century Brazil, Anarchist Studies, 24(2), -

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