Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant

Paperback | December 15, 1999

byManuel Antonio de AlmeidaTranslated byRonald W. SousaForeword byThomas H. Holloway

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Recognized as a turning point in Brazilian literature, this entertaining novel of urban manners follows the ne'er-do-well Leonardo through his various romantic liaisons and frequent scrapes with the law. First printed in weekly installments in 1852, and later published in two volumes in1854-55, Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant comprises a series of humorous vignettes held together by the adventures and misfortunes of this young rogue--who matures from a handful of a toddler into a ruffian of a boy and an idler of a young man--and his father, also named Leonardo. Manuel Antonio De Almeida tells a story in everyday language that is rich in detail of life on the streets and the modest circumstances of the free poor of Rio de Janeiro. Through satirical accounts of the escapades of characters who always seem close to the brink of some personal crisis or socialmisstep, yet who manage to pull through by hook or by crook, Almeida makes a subtle and incisive comment on Brazilian urban society and culture of the nineteenth century. Now available in a new and lively translation, Memoirs of a Military Sergeant occupies an important position in the satiricalliterature of Brazil and the world.

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Leonardo comes from the poor area of Rio de Janeiro, but this young troublemaker is rich in spirit. From day one, he gives his mother grief and as he matures, he roams the streets, getting his hands dirty wherever he goes. And much to his mother's dismay, it looks like he'll wind up just like his unambitious father. Written in installm...

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Recognized as a turning point in Brazilian literature, this entertaining novel of urban manners follows the ne'er-do-well Leonardo through his various romantic liaisons and frequent scrapes with the law. First printed in weekly installments in 1852, and later published in two volumes in1854-55, Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant comprises ...

Thomas Holloway is a distinguished historian at Cornell University. His most recent book is Policing Rio de Janeiro: Repression and Resistance in a Nineteenth-Century City. Flora Sussekind is a professor at the University of Rio de Janeiro and a researcher at the Casa de Rui Barbosa Center for Research. Ronald W. Sousa is a professor...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 5.31 × 8.19 × 0.71 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195115503

ISBN - 13:9780195115505

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Leonardo comes from the poor area of Rio de Janeiro, but this young troublemaker is rich in spirit. From day one, he gives his mother grief and as he matures, he roams the streets, getting his hands dirty wherever he goes. And much to his mother's dismay, it looks like he'll wind up just like his unambitious father. Written in installments in the mid 1850s, Manuel Antônio de Almeida's Memoirs of a Military Sergeant is a favourite in Brazilian literature. Translated by Ronald W. Sousa and edited by Thomas Holloway and Flora Süsskind, this edition highlights the cultural and socio-economic differences during that period.

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"An exquisite and timely English edition of one of Brazil's most important Romantic novels."--Leo Bernucci, University of Colorado "...This 19th-century Brazilian classic that, with its uniquely satirical stance and reliance on caricature, counteracts the fiction of his time....Readable andaccessible, this is the first English translation in 30 years, and it continues the fine standards of the reputable Oxford series. Recommended for public and academic libraries."--Library Journal "A rediscovered gem: both a historically important work and a terrific entertainment."--Kirkus