Abstract: This essay examines Raduan Nassar’s novel Lavoura arcaica. In it, the scandal of the narrative is not incest or murder but what they reveal about the fragility of the word.
The strength of the presence of these archaist taboos is linked to the inability to deal with language. Language, in fact, hides behind masks and calls for freedom, inflexibility before the speech that constituted the discourse of the Other. The difference remained cursed, hatched in the gesture of the Father who could not absorb it, reconcile it.