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Epitaph of a Small Winner by Machado de…

Epitaph of a Small Winner (1880)

by Machado de Assis

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I like the writing style. I like some of the chapters a lot. I hated the main character and all of the other characters. I couldn't bring myself to care whether bad things happened to them or not. ( )
  smallllama | Apr 30, 2019 |
Epitaph of a Small Winner by Machado De Assis ( )
  valentinbru | Oct 2, 2018 |
“Que bom que é estar triste e não dizer coisa nenhuma!” — Quando esta palavra de Shakespeare me chamou a atenção, confesso que senti em mim um eco, um eco delicioso” ( )
  tiagokz | Oct 4, 2017 |
A tratti fa pensare a "Il paradiso può attendere" di Cukor (perché il protagonista è un defunto e per l'ironia e la leggerezza con cui vengono raccontate le memorie).
A tratti fa pensare a Dalì (nel capitolo del delirio)
A tratti sempra un Marquez meno facondo e più faceto.
Piacevolissima lettura (soprattutto la prima parte, fino all'offerta del padre) anche perché l'autore ha saputo limitare gli sperimentalismi a spiritosi giochini col lettore. ( )
  downisthenewup | Aug 17, 2017 |
The narrator, citing the advantages of such an arrangement (no fear of retribution for complete honesty, for instance), tells his story from beyond the grave, beginning just before his death, as he is distracted from thinking about his invention of marvelous poultice or plaster that cures depression, as his former mistress Virgilia comes to visit him. After his death and funeral (eleven people attending), he goes back to the beginning of his life and tells the story chronologically, in 160 chapters, some as short as one sentence (instructing the reader to insert that sentence in a previous chapter, or using the sentence to assert that he has written a completely superfluous chapter). The method he admits is adopted from Sterne and Xavier de Maistre, and the results are frequent digressions, a running commentary and address to the reader, a chapter composed only of punctuated straight lines, another of ellipses (or just dots), and another consisting solely of a five-line epitaph for the girl who died just before she was about to marry the narrator. He is less interesting for me than the other characters, including Lobo Neves the husband whom he is cuckolding, his brother-in-law Cotrim, and the garrulous, Panglossian and eventually mad Quincas Borbas, philosopher of “Humanitism,” which excuses the sort of behavior (by Lobo Neves, Cotrim, and the narrator himself) the book satirizes by saying whatever “human” is all right.
The narrator is a self-declared failure whose fiancée drops him for a more successful politician (Lobo Neves, who refuses a governorship because the grant was written on a date he considers unlucky), who never achieves his ambition of becoming a minister of state, who dies a bachelor after a series of humiliating or otherwise disastrous love affairs, and who shows himself incapable of getting beyond his selfishness at every point. His defense is a blanket condemnation of the world he milked for every pleasure it offered, as he congratulates himself for having no progeny to leave “the legacy of our misery.”
Machado lacks the playfulness of Sterne or de Maistre. He does do a job on the expectations of both romantic and realistic fiction, but perhaps only within a regional theatre. He can also claim to have a head start on magical realism. But his character’s autobiography is largely dreary. ( )
  michaelm42071 | Sep 15, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Machado de Assisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Sá Rego, EnyltonPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frisch, ShariDrawingssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grossman, William L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kayser, WolfgangTranslatorsecondary 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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