Jump to ratings and reviews
Rate this book

Epitaph of a Small Winner

Rate this book
“I am a deceased writer not in the sense of one who has written and is now deceased, but in the sense of one who had died and is now writing.” So begins the posthumous memoir of Braz Cubas, a wealthy nineteenth-century Brazilian. Though the grave has given Cubas the distance to examine his rather undistinguished life, it has not dampened his sense of humor. In the tradition of Laurence Stern’s Tristram Shamdy, Epitaph of a Small Winner is one of the wittiest self-portraits in literary history.

236 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 1881

Loading interface...
Loading interface...

About the author

Machado de Assis

854 books1,895 followers
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, often known as Machado de Assis, Machado, or Bruxo do Cosme Velho, (June 21, 1839, Rio de Janeiro—September 29, 1908, Rio de Janeiro) was a Brazilian novelist, poet, playwright and short story writer. He is widely regarded as the most important writer of Brazilian literature. However, he did not gain widespread popularity outside Brazil in his own lifetime.
Machado's works had a great influence on Brazilian literary schools of the late 19th century and 20th century. José Saramago, Carlos Fuentes, Susan Sontag and Harold Bloom are among his admirers and Bloom calls him "the supreme black literary artist to date."

Ratings & Reviews

What do you think?
Rate this book

Friends & Following

Create a free account to discover what your friends think of this book!

Community Reviews

5 stars
13,266 (49%)
4 stars
8,763 (32%)
3 stars
3,784 (14%)
2 stars
873 (3%)
1 star
258 (<1%)
Displaying 1 of 1 review
Profile Image for Yulia.
34 reviews1 follower
Read
April 2, 2018
Дааааааааа! Я закончила её!
Больше всего поражает язык конечно. Читаешь и аж плакать хочется: какая красота, какой потрясающий язык, что же вы с ним сделали?
И еще история жизни автора: житель бедных районов Рио, потомок негров-рабов, мулат в девятнадцатом веке социального неравенства и расовых теорий, ставший известным писателем и классиком литературы.
Displaying 1 of 1 review

Can't find what you're looking for?

Get help and learn more about the design.