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The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas (1880)

by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

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    Quincas Borba by Machado de Assis (hrjunior)
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    Zeno's Conscience by Italo Svevo (fspyck)
    fspyck: Ik vond er eenzelfde terughoudenheid in, Machado de Assis is misschien wat grimmiger, en speelt nog meer met vorm en intertekstualiteit, Svevo is ietwat hilarischer
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    Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant by Manuel Antônio de Almeida (Anonymous user)

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I admit I didn't like it at first, but when I read many many articles about it, I finally caught on to why it is good and delighted in reading it. Original, way ahead of its time, it seemed so current, so typical of modern humour that I didn't see what was special about it. What is special is that it was written in 1880 by a poor mulatto man in Brazil who was a shrewd observer of society. It is funny and understandable that he influenced Wood Allen, Philip Roth, Susan Sontag and a host of other creative people. ( )
  a_forester | Oct 31, 2015 |
"I wrote it with the pen of Mirth and the ink of Melancholy", 13 September 2015

This review is from: Epitaph of a Small Winner (Paperback)
The author of this work narrates his autobiography from beyond the grave. A middle class man who achieves very little, Braz Cubas takes us from childhood through youth, love affairs and career, punctuating events with little philosophical asides. As he moves through life he gains insights into humanity, though is still making faux pas until the end.
He observes: "Man is a thinking erratum. Each period in life is a new edition that corrects the preceding one and that in turn will be corrected by the next, until publication of the definitive edition, which the publisher donates to the worms."
Written in (very) short chapters, the reader feels he is being addressed directly by Cubas, who punctuates the work with little comments. One chapter on a failure is just a few lines of asterisks: the next, "Which Explains the Preceding Chapter" says that "Some things are better said without words."
I really enjoyed it. ( )
  starbox | Sep 13, 2015 |
En mycket läsvärd och trevlig bok att läsa. Författaren de Assis uppges ha inspirerat senare tiders latinamerikanska författare inom fantastiken. Han förebådar postmodernismen genom att ofta låta huvudpersonen vända sig direkt till läsaren eller ge omdömen om sin egen berättelse. Brás Cubas är en ganska misslyckad person (vilket han själv anser) och berättar om sina tillkortakommanden rörande karriär, kärleksliv och vänskap sedan han själv dött redan i första kapitlet. ( )
  Brior | Aug 28, 2014 |
Second reading. ( )
  William345 | Jun 11, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Sá Rego, EnyltonPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frisch, ShariDrawingssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grossman, William L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Passos, Gilberto PinheiroAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rabassa, GregoryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Willemsen, AugustTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Que Stendhal confessasse haver escrito um de seus livros para cem leitores, coisa é que admira e consterna. O que não admira, nem provavelmente consternará é se este outro livro não tiver os cem leitores de Stendhal, nem cinquenta, nem vinte e, quando muito, dez. Dez? Talvez cinco."
To the Reader: When we learn from Stendhal that he wrote one of his books for only a hundred readers, we are both astonished and disturbed.
(Chapter 1) The Death of the Author. I hesitated some time, not knowing whether to open these memoirs at the beginning or at the end, ie whether to start with my birth or with my death.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0195101707, Paperback)

Fans of Latin American literature will be thrilled by Oxford University Press's new translations of works by 19th-century Brazilian author Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis. His novels are both heartbreaking and comic; his limning of a colonial Brazil in flux is both perceptive and remarkably modern. The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas is written as an autobiography, a chronicle of the erotic misadventures of its narrator, Brás Cubas--who happens to be dead. In pursuit of love and progeny, Cubas rejects the women who want him and aspires to the ones who reject him. In the end, he dies unloved and without heirs, yet he somehow manages to turn this bitter pill into a victory of sorts. What makes Memoirs stand up 100 years after the book was written is Machado's biting humor, brilliant prose, and profound understanding of all the vagaries of human behavior.

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"New translation of Machado's famous novel is for the most part faithful and readable. However, work has occasional odd errors and omissions, and fails to give sufficient attention to Machado's rhythm and syntax. Given Rabassa's vast experience as a translator, it is hard not to suspect that carelessness and haste explain the mistakes and lapses. Also poorly edited and inadequately proofread"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.… (more)

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