Epitaph of a Small Winner

Epitaph of a Small Winner

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by Machado de Assis
     
 

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In these memoirs, Braz Cubas, a wealthy nineteenth-century Brazilian, examines (from beyond the grave) his rather undistinguished life in 160 short chapters that are filled with philosophical digressions and exuberant insights. A clear forerunner of Gabriel García Márquez and Jorge Luis Borges, Epitaph for a Small Winner, first published in

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In these memoirs, Braz Cubas, a wealthy nineteenth-century Brazilian, examines (from beyond the grave) his rather undistinguished life in 160 short chapters that are filled with philosophical digressions and exuberant insights. A clear forerunner of Gabriel García Márquez and Jorge Luis Borges, Epitaph for a Small Winner, first published in 1880, is one of the wittiest self-portraits in literary history as well as "one of the masterpieces of Brazilian literature" (Salman Rushdie).

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Epitaph of a Small Winner is probably one of those thrillingly original, radically skeptical books that will always impress readers with the force of private discovery.” —From the foreword by Susan Sontag

“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...” —The 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.” —The New Republic

“A masterpiece of Epicurean irony.” —The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374531232
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
04/29/2008
Series:
FSG Classics Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
389,754
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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Machado de Assis (1839-1908) is considered one of Brazil's greatest novelists.

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3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
twinkletoes11 More than 1 year ago
Phenomenal writer, so I must say phenomenal translator. Machado brings an original, genius idea to life with this mendacious epitaph/autobiography. The character is just another person of no prestigious life or story, who from his posthumous state is poetic and lucidly conscious, reflecting on his life in a way that is riveting. I'll leave it there. Read the first few pages, once you pass chapter 7 (only a few pages in the book), you'll be hooked. Machado, te quiero.
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