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The chief architect of the project, as distinct from the city planner, was Oscar Niemeyer. Looking back, he wrote, "They can say whatever they like--Brasilia is a miracle. When I went there for the first time everything was just desert, for as far as the eye could see... but the idea sprouted from the very ground itself, as if by enchantment, and now the city is dense and far-reaching... everything was done with hands... white hands, brown hands, black hands, hands of the suffering masses--hands with no resentment--the central pillar of the nation." If you hear a note of socialist exaltation, you're hearing right.

See Montezuma, p. 260.

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