The Devil's Church and Other Stories by Joaquim Maria Machado de AssisThe Devil's Church and Other Stories by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

The Devil's Church and Other Stories

byJoaquim Maria Machado de AssisTranslated byJack Schmitt, Lorie Ishimatsu

Paperback | January 1, 1977

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The modem Brazilian short story begins with the mature work of Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839-1908), acclaimed almost unanimously as Brazil's greatest writer. Collectively, these nineteen stories are representative of Machado's unique style and world view, and this translation doubles the number of his stories previously available in English.

The stories in this volume reflect Machado's post-1880 emphasis on social satire and experimentation in psychological realism. If he had continued to produce the moralistic love stories and parlor intrigues of his earlier fiction, Machado's legacy would have been an entertaining but inconsequent body of work. However, by 1880 he had begun a devastating satirical assault on society through his fiction. In spite of his ruthlessness, Machado does at times reveal an ironic sympathy for his characters. He is not indifferent to human conflict but uses humor and irony to stress the absurdity of these conflicts, acted out against the backdrop of an indifferent universe. Such a spectacle creates a sense of helplessness that can only inspire wistful amusement.

In his technical mastery of the short story. Machado was decades ahead of his contemporaries and can still be considered more modern than most of the modernists themselves. That his stories elicit such strong and diverse reactions today is a tribute to their richness, complexity, and significance.

Machado de Assis's achievement in both novels and poetry make him Brazil's paradigm of a writer. His novels are characterized "by a psychological insight as well as a broad view of social conditions in Brazil and the world. The seriousness of the realistic view is highlighted with ironic humor." Beginning as a romantic, Assis developed...
Title:The Devil's Church and Other StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:166 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.38 inPublished:January 1, 1977Publisher:University Of Texas Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292715420

ISBN - 13:9780292715424

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Bonzo’s Secret
  • Those Cousins from Sapucaia
  • Alexandrian Tale
  • The Devil’s Church
  • A Strange Thing
  • Final Chapter
  • A Second Life
  • Dona Paula
  • The Diplomat
  • The Companion
  • Evolution
  • Adam and Eve
  • Eternal!
  • A Celebrity
  • Mariana
  • A Canary’s Ideas
  • Pylades and Orestes
  • Funeral March
  • Wallow, Swine!
  • Translators’ Note

Editorial Reviews

"Machado de Assis was a literary force, transcending nationality and language, comparable to Flaubert, to Hardy, or to James." - New York Times