Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas

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6.1 X 9.2 X 1.1 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

For her translations of Spanish and Portuguese, Margaret Jull Costa has won the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize four times as well as the Premio Valle-Inclán, the International Dublin Literary Award, and the 2008 PEN Prize for best translation from any language for The Maias, by Eça de Queirós (New Directions, 2007).
Machado de Assis (1839-1908) was born in Rio de Janeiro and, along with seven short-story collections, wrote such groundbreaking novels as Quincas Borba and The Alienist.
Award-winning translator Robin Patterson lives in England.


A great ironist, a tragic comedian. . . . In his books, in their most comic moments, he underlines the suffering by making us laugh.--Philip Roth
The greatest writer ever produced in Latin America.--Susan Sontag
The supreme black literary artist to date.--Harold Bloom
The most modern, most startlingly avant-garde novel I read this year was originally published in 1881. Jull Costa and Patterson offer a peerless translation of this comic masterpiece, narrated from beyond the grave by a feckless, pretentious, impossibly winning aristocrat. The Brazilian novelist Machado was besotted with the license afforded by fiction and the social critique permitted only by comedy. Read this witty, wildly inventive work and how conservative, how painfully corseted so much modern fiction will suddenly seem.--Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Times Critics' Top Books of 2020"