Let's Discuss Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas
Partly as a bow to the Black Lives Matter movement, our selection for July is Machado de Assis' "Posthumous Memoirs of of Brás Cubas." Here is its description on the Amazon site:
'“I passed away at two o’clock in the afternoon on a Friday in August in Protected content , in my beautiful mansion in the Catumbi district of the city.” So begins Machado de Assis’s Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas, told eerily from beyond the grave. First appearing in Brazil in Protected content , this remarkably experimental novel was never intended by its author to be a popular “run-of-the-mill-novel.”
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, the son of a mulatto father and a washerwoman, and the grandson of freed slaves, was not, originally, expecting literary encomiums in his lifetime, especially not for Brás Cubas. And yet, his prodigious output of novels, plays, and stories would influence generations of South American writers. Now, with this coruscating new translation of one of his most compelling novels, esteemed translators Margaret Jull Costa and Robin Patterson reveal a pivotal moment in Machado’s career, as his flights of the surreal became his lite.
The book is available on the Kindle app. Brazilians are welcome to read the book in the original Portuguese but the discussion will be in English.
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