I stumbled across "The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas" in the private library of an apartment sublet and became smitten with Machado de Assis. I quickly bought his other main novels (Dom Casmurro, Quincas Borba) and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I tell everyone I meet to read them, though I think neither friend nor enemy has as yet done so. If you HAVE done so, then I recommend the book, as a way to better come to know our friend Machado. If you have not done so, apply a poultice to your head and rush to purchase your very own copy of "The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas" (aka "epitaph of a small winner").