Epitaph of a Small Winner Paperback – 1 Sep 2008
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'Machado de Assis was a literary force, transcending nationality and language, comparable certainly to Flaubert, Hardy or James ... Epitaph of a Small Winner is clearly one of those books which we call definitive. It is there, complete, done: a study of ironic disillusionment couched in the most delicate suavity of despair' New York Times Book Review 'No satirist, not even Swift, is less merciful in his exposure of the pretentiousness and the hypocrisy that lurk in the average good man and woman. Machado, in his deceptively amiable way, is terrifying' New Republic 'A masterpiece of Epicurean irony' New York Times
About the Author
Machado de Assis was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1839 and died in 1908. The author of numerous novels, including Dom Casmurro and Philosopher or Dog?, he is one of Latin America's most treasured writers.
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The short chapter, The Muleteer, is astonishing and deadly about our unavowed faults, but Machado de Assis can always pin down humanity in 2 pages.
And I don't countenance any criticism of the translation which I'm re-reading with the same pleasure as years ago, in tandem with the Portuguese. Grossman's version is masterly, written in a literary English worthy of the original.
He observes: "Man is a thinking erratum. Each period in life is a new edition that corrects the preceding one and that in turn will be corrected by the next, until publication of the definitive edition, which the publisher donates to the worms."
Written in (very) short chapters, the reader feels he is being addressed directly by Cubas, who punctuates the work with little comments. One chapter on a failure is just a few lines of asterisks: the next, "Which Explains the Preceding Chapter" says that "Some things are better said without words."
I really enjoyed it.
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I bought this as it was highly recommended in Peter Robb's book A Death in Brazil (which is amazing btw). This one by Machado de Assis is quirky, but perhaps a bit dated. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sspirit