The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas

Paperback | September 1, 1998

byJoaquim Maria Machado de AssisTranslated byGregory RabassaForeword byEnylton de Sa Rego

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"Be aware that frankness is the prime virtue of a dead man," writes the narrator of The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas. But while he may be dead, he is surely one of the liveliest characters in fiction, a product of one of the most remarkable imaginations in all of literature, Brazil'sgreatest novelist of the nineteenth century, Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis. By turns flippant and profound, The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas is the story of an unheroic man with half-hearted political ambitions, a harebrained idea for curing the world of melancholy, and a thousand quixotic theories unleashed from beyond the grave. It is a novel that has influencedgenerations of Latin American writers but remains refreshingly and unforgettably unlike anything written before or after it. Newly translated by Gregory Rabassa and superbly edited by Enylton de Sa Rego and Gilberto Pinheiro Passos, this Library of Latin America edition brings to English-speakingreaders a literary delight of the highest order.

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After influencing generations of Latin American writers, The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas is now available to English readers. Both flippant and profound, the book tells the story of an ordinary man with half-hearted political ambitions and a harebrained idea for curing the world of melancholy.

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"Be aware that frankness is the prime virtue of a dead man," writes the narrator of The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas. But while he may be dead, he is surely one of the liveliest characters in fiction, a product of one of the most remarkable imaginations in all of literature, Brazil'sgreatest novelist of the nineteenth century, Jo...

Gregory Rabassa is the highly acclaimed translator of One Hundred Years of Solitude and many other works of Latin American fiction. Enylton de Sa Rego is a Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin. Gilberto Pinheiro Passos is a Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of S...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.91 × 5.31 × 0.39 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195101706

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After influencing generations of Latin American writers, The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas is now available to English readers. Both flippant and profound, the book tells the story of an ordinary man with half-hearted political ambitions and a harebrained idea for curing the world of melancholy.

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"Machado de Assis wrote some of the most deliriously adventurous fiction of the last century."--Lingua Franca