The Alienist and Other Stories of Nineteenth-Century Brazil

The Alienist and Other Stories of Nineteenth-Century Brazil

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Accompanied by a thorough introduction to Brazil's Machado, Machado's Brazil, these vibrant new translations of eight of Machado de Assis's best-known short stories bring nineteenth-century Brazilian society and culture to life for modern readers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 9.91mm | 171g
  • Cambridge, MA, United States
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1603848525
  • 9781603848527
  • 513,635

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"This beautifully translated selection of stories is a wonderful introduction to Brazils -- and Latin Americas -- greatest writer. Chasteen has done us all a great service by providing this wonderful volume to introduce and entice readers into the wonders of Brazilian culture". -- Marshall C Eakin, Vanderbilt University "Chasteens free translations convey the spirit of Machados stories; they feel like what Machado might have written in todays English. Chasteens translation of The Alienist is exceptionally good: I have never enjoyed the story as much in Portuguese as in Chasteens version, which captures the narrative shifts and reversals with great timing". -- Dain Borges, University of Chicago Chasteen has translated and edited seven short stories and one novella published during the period 1881-1906 by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Brazil's most renowned writer and social satirist of the nineteenth century. [The] introduction. . . provides a useful, though relatively broad, snapshot of the century and historical era in which Machado de Assis lived and wrote. The brief preface to each story. . . demonstrates an interest on the part of Machado de Assis in showing everyday life, popular culture, women, male power and pretensions, and the politics of the elite. . . . Intended as an accessible and affordable introduction to Brazilian literature or as an accompaniment to a course on Latin American or Brazilian history. Recommended for classroom use and for those with an interest in world literature." -- Colonial Latin American Historical Review ,
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About Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

John?Charles Chasteen is Patterson Distinguished Term Professor of History, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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