Esau and Jacob by Joaquim Maria Machado de AssisEsau and Jacob by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

Esau and Jacob

byJoaquim Maria Machado de AssisTranslated byElizabeth LoweEditorDain Borges

Paperback | September 15, 2000

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Esau and Jacob is the last of Machado de Assis's four great novels. At one level it is the story of twin brothers in love with the same woman and her inability to choose between them. At another level, it is the story of Brazil itself, caught between the traditional and the modern, andbetween the monarchical and republican ideals. Instead of a heroic biblical fable, Machado de Assis gives us a story of the petty squabbles, conflicting ambitions, doubts, and insecurities that are part of the human condition.

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Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839-1908), the descendent of African slaves, is considered one of the greatest Latin American authors of the last century. His novels include The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas, and Dom Casmurro. Dain Borges is a Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego and is author of The Fa...
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Title:Esau and JacobFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195108116

ISBN - 13:9780195108118

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"Machado de Assis is Brazil's greatest novelist, and ranks high among the most appealing writers in the world.... Though he lived mainly in the 19th century, Machado possesses an almost postmodern sensibility--playful, ironic and tricky."--Washington Post Book World