recede into the background


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what does it mean "to recede into the background"?

here is an example:
Politics recedes into the background, to be replaced in the foreground by the theme that is to characterize Amado's fiction from1958 on: the exotic, eroticized piquancy of Bahia's Afro-Brazilian culture, most often as epitomized in women, music, and food.

thanks in advance
  • stez

    Senior Member
    english - australia
    It means it no longer has a prominent place in his fiction. Other themes become important and politics are no longer his principal concern.
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