Dom Casmurro

Paperback | October 1, 1998

byJoaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Joao Adolfo HansenTranslated byJohn A. Gledson

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Like other great nineteenth century novels--The Scarlet Letter, Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary--Machado de Assis's Dom Casmurro explores the themes of marriage and adultery. But what distinguishes Machado's novel and what makes it such a delightful discovery for English-speaking readers, is itseccentric and wildly unpredictable narrative style. As he recounts the events of his life from the vantage of a lonely old age, the narrator Bento continually interrupts his story to reflect on the writing of it. But the novel is more than a performance of stylistic acrobatics. It is an ironiccritique of Catholicism, in which God appears as a kind of divine accountant whose ledgers may be balanced in devious as well as pious ways. It is also a story about love and its obstacles, about deception and self-deception, and about the failure of memory to make life's beginning fit neatly intoits end. This crisp new translation by John Gledson is the only complete, unabridged, and annotated edition available of one of the most distinctive novels of the turn of the century.

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Exploring the themes of marriage and adultery, Dom Casmurro is an eccentric and unpredictable tale. Bento, the narrator, recounts the events of his life-- looking at love, deception and the failure of memory in old age. Ironic and perceptive, the book is both a life story and an examination of the process of memory.

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Like other great nineteenth century novels--The Scarlet Letter, Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary--Machado de Assis's Dom Casmurro explores the themes of marriage and adultery. But what distinguishes Machado's novel and what makes it such a delightful discovery for English-speaking readers, is itseccentric and wildly unpredictable narrativ...

John Gledson is Professor Emeritus, Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Liverpool. He has written two books and numerous articles on Machado de Assis. Joao Adolfo Hansen is a highly-regarded Brazilian literary critic.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.31 × 7.91 × 0.71 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195103092

ISBN - 13:9780195103090

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books of all times, mainly for Portuguese (Brazilian speakers) one of the masterpieces of literature of all times. Dom Casmurro, is a old person in an old house living old memories of a long forgotten past, that at the end he doesn't want to remember. Could eb a difficult reading for the beginner, BUT DO NOT GIVE UP, the ends brings very good reflections and discussions about Dom Casmurro and Capitu sins...
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From Our Editors

Exploring the themes of marriage and adultery, Dom Casmurro is an eccentric and unpredictable tale. Bento, the narrator, recounts the events of his life-- looking at love, deception and the failure of memory in old age. Ironic and perceptive, the book is both a life story and an examination of the process of memory.

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"Machado's masterpiece."--The New York Times Book Review