Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas
we read an author and wonder 'how is it possible that this genius is not known?'... yes, only a species as cretinous as ours could ignore machado. along with carpentier and mutis, he takes the top 'what the fuck' spot.
here are three reasons machado must be read, must not be forgotten:
1) as karen pointed out below: "18fucking80". yup. madman machado wrote a modernist masterpiece way back when. joyce and woolf? they don't have shit on machado. nothin...more
“Do not mourn the dead. They know what they are doing.”
― Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star
With those lines, Lispector might have introduced this novel by her countryman. Told from the other side of the grave, we learn of the narrator’s small successes and small failures, ultimately balanced in the totality of things. Braz Cubas, the narrator, provides his autobiography, and his philosophy, with a gentle humor in a novel which anticipates the best of meta-fiction, breaking with a Romantic...more
... this book is written with apathy, with the apathy of a man now freed of the brevity of the century, a supinely philosophical work, of an unequal philosophy, now austere, now playful, something that neither builds nor destroys, neither inflames nor cools, and, yet, it is more than a pastime and less than an apostolate.
My Goodreads morning started on an emotional note today. I logged in and found a book recommendation by Ali, friendly comments from Dolors and Dustin, the surprised mention of m...more
The reader, like his fellows, doubtless prefers action to reflection, and doubtless he is wholly in the right. So we shall get to it. However, I must advise that this book is written leisurely, with the leisureliness of a man no longer troubled by the flight of time; that is a work supinely philosophical, but of a philosophy wanting in uniformity, now austere, now playful, a thing that neither edifies nor destroys, neither inflames nor chills, and that is at once more of a pastime and less than...more
Therefore, at first, I did not know how to react to this kind of literary work. Some say it is a novel but the author, the Brazilian Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839-1908) says that is is a memoir. However, a memoir is supposed to be fiction. But how could this be ficti...more
O defunto escreve bem e encara o seu passamento de uma forma leve e divertida; mas, de resto, tudo se resume ao relacionamento amoroso de um homem solteiro com uma mulher casada.
Brás Cubas esteve noivo de Dona Virgília que casou com outro e tomou Brás como amante. Além destas duas personagens, temos o corno...more
There are similarities here with Machado de Assis' other masterpiece, "Dom Casmurro", both in the manner the narrators ended up (alone) and their principal fema...more
the translation is incredible. while it's not quite impossible to believe that this book was written in 1880 (tristram shandy of course was even crazier a hundred years earlier), it is impossible that this tr...more
I was less impressed with the stylistic trickery (and enough has been said about that, just read the other Goodreads reviews) than with the voice: often boastful, he still allows you to see all his faults and weaknesses. And though you see all his faults and weaknesses, he still comes across as extremely likeable. Though he...more
When I tracked it down I noted that Susan Sontag wrote the introduction for the first English translation in 1952 (the translation was done by William L. Grossman). With both Woody...more
Where did this Brazilian magical mulatto come from? D...more
This almost beats my copy of Winesburg, Ohio for the Best Book With the Worst Cover Award.
Por Brás Cubas estar morto e ter sido um nobre, tem a liberdade para falar o que quiser e como quiser. É assim que temos uma ótima descrição pessoal da sociedade em sua época por um ponto de vista - como o próprio nome do movimento que o livro inaugurou no Brasil - realista.
Apesar de estar socialmente preso à sociedade daquela época, os diversos pensamentos filosóficos e descrições de emoções e vontades humanas também feitos são eternos na mão de Machado de Assis. Isso torna o li...more
"The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas" is a novel written by Brás Cubas after his death. Brás was from an aristocrat family when he was alive, and now that he is writing his memoirs after his death, he still has his character...more
The work itself is everything : if it pleases you, dear reader, I shall be well paid for the task; if it doesn't please you, I'll pay you with a snap of a finger and goodbye.
That's what's written as a closing line of the memoir's introduction by Brás Cubas for the reader. Based on that line, I guess I owe him a pretty large amount of money.
And, have you ever fallen in love with a book from the very first page? Well, I have and in fact I just did. Here is a little gli...more
Stylistically it is both cynical and sweet... in other words, it's very voicy, but in a good way....more
Machado's works had a...more