Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant [NOOK Book]

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Recognized as a turning point in Brazilian literature, this entertaining novel of urban manners follows the ne'er-do-well Leonardo through his various romantic liaisons and frequent scrapes with the law. First printed in weekly installments in 1852, and later published in two volumes in 1854-55, Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant comprises a series of humorous vignettes held together by the adventures and misfortunes of this young rogue--who matures from a handful of a toddler into a ruffian of a boy and an idler of a...
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Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant

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Overview

Recognized as a turning point in Brazilian literature, this entertaining novel of urban manners follows the ne'er-do-well Leonardo through his various romantic liaisons and frequent scrapes with the law. First printed in weekly installments in 1852, and later published in two volumes in 1854-55, Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant comprises a series of humorous vignettes held together by the adventures and misfortunes of this young rogue--who matures from a handful of a toddler into a ruffian of a boy and an idler of a young man--and his father, also named Leonardo.
Manuel Antonio De Almeida tells a story in everyday language that is rich in detail of life on the streets and the modest circumstances of the free poor of Rio de Janeiro. Through satirical accounts of the escapades of characters who always seem close to the brink of some personal crisis or social misstep, yet who manage to pull through by hook or by crook, Almeida makes a subtle and incisive comment on Brazilian urban society and culture of the nineteenth century. Now available in a new and lively translation, Memoirs of a Military Sergeant occupies an important position in the satirical literature of Brazil and the world.

"Excellent translation of a Brazilian classic first published as a serial in 1852-53. Sousa captures the vivacity and wit of the original while effectively evoking mood and historical milieu of free lower classes of Rio de Janeiro in early-19th century. Outstanding accompanying essays"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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A staple of Brazilian literature, this 1855 novel (it was serialized a few years earlier) follows Leonardo, a scamp of a boy who grows into a roguish adult who takes after his cad of a father, also named Leonardo. The adventures are mostly light and satirical vignettes la Henry Fielding's Tom Jones. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199938919
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/8/1999
  • Series: Library of Latin America
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

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Thomas Holloway is a distinguished historian at Cornell University. His most recent book is Policing Rio de Janeiro: Repression and Resistance in a Nineteenth-Century City. Flora Sussekind is a professor at the University of Rio de Janeiro and a researcher at the Casa de Rui Barbosa Center for Research. Ronald W. Sousa is a professor in the department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Illinois, Urbana. He is a translator of Latin American fiction, as well as a literary critic and editor.

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