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Machado de Assis

26 Stories

by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis Author · Margaret Jull Costa Translator


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This "watershed collection" (Wall Street Journal) now appears in an essential selected paperback edition, with twenty-six of Machado's finest stories.

Widely acclaimed as "the greatest writer ever produced in Latin America" (Susan Sontag), as well as "another Kafka" (Allen Ginsberg), Machado de Assis (1839–1908) was famous in his time for his psychologically probing tales of fin-de-siecle Rio de Janeiro—a world populated with dissolute plutocrats, grasping parvenus, and struggling spinsters. In this original paperback, Margaret Jull Costa and Robin Patterson, "the accomplished duo" (Wall Street Journal) behind the "landmark . . . heroically translated" volume (The New Yorker) of the Collected Stories of Machado de Assis, include twenty-six chronologically ordered stories from the seven story collections published during Machado's life—featuring all-time favorites such as the celebrated novella "The Alienist"; the tragicomic "parable of bureaucracy, madness, and power" (Los Angeles Review of Books), "Midnight Mass"; "The Cane"; and "Father Against Mother." Ultimately, Machado de Assis: 26 Stories affirms Machado's status as a literary giant who must finally be fully integrated into the world literary canon.

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Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)

MARGARET JULL COSTA is a three-time winner of the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize. For New Directions, she has translated works by Rafael Chirbes, Javier Marías, Fernando Pessoa, Eça de Queirós, and Enrique Vila-Matas.

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Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (Author)

Machado De Assis, the grandson of ex-slaves, was born in Rio de Janeiro and wrote Philosopher or Dog?, among other novels and short-story collections.

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Robin Patterson (Translator)

Robin Patterson has translated Luandino Vieira and lives in England.

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Author of introduction, etc. :
Michael Wood
Translator :
Margaret Jull Costa
Author :
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
Translator :
Robin Patterson
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