Dom Casmurro

Dom Casmurro

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by Machado de Assis
     
 

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Bento Santiago, the wildly unreliable narrator of Dom Casmurro, believes that he has been cuckolded--he suspects that his wife has cheated on him with his best friend and that her child is not his. Has Capitú, his love since childhood, really been unfaithful to him? Or is the evidence of her betrayal merely the product of a paranoid mind? First

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Bento Santiago, the wildly unreliable narrator of Dom Casmurro, believes that he has been cuckolded--he suspects that his wife has cheated on him with his best friend and that her child is not his. Has Capitú, his love since childhood, really been unfaithful to him? Or is the evidence of her betrayal merely the product of a paranoid mind? First published in 1900, Dom Casmurro, widely considered Machado de Assis's greatest novel and a classic of Brazilian literature, is a brilliant retelling of the classic adultery tale--a sad and darkly comic novel about love and the corrosive power of jealousy.

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Brazzil
...[P]ublished in 1899....Only in the following year...did the book appear in Brazil. Few people were impressed by it and it would take many years before the critics and the public would go back to its pages and find there what today almost every critic considers to be Assis' masterpiece.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's the simplest of stories: boy falls in love with girl next door, they grow up, marry and have a child. Enter jealousy, exit happiness and boy/narrator, Betinho, who goes on to write his magnum opus, the History of the Suburbs. However, Betinho has been promised since conception to the priesthood, a glitch that allows de Assis to describe a community so familiar with God that bargaining with Him is as common as haggling with the butcher. This upper- middle-class Brazilian society of the last century (Dom Casmurro was first published in 1899) is the setting for Betinho's transformation from a coddled only child to the middle-aged Dom Casmurro, or Lord Taciturn. It is marked by his fantastic imagination, both comic (as when he consults with maggots who are eating books he needs for a dissertation) and tragic (evidence of his beloved wife's infidelity is circumstantial at best). Deftly translated, Dom Casmurro is a book full of humor, sweetness and a tender melancholy--a book that deserves to be read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374523039
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Series:
FSG Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
884,902
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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