Oxford Anthology of the Brazilian Short Story

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The Oxford Anthology of the Brazilian Short Story contains a selection of short stories by the best-known authors in Brazilian literature from the late nineteenth century to the present. With few exceptions, these stories have appeared in English translation, although widely separated in time and often published in obscure journals. Here they are united in a coherent edition representing Brazil's modern, vibrant literature and culture. J.M. Machado de Assis, who first perfected the genre, wrote at least sixty stories considered to be masterpieces of world literature. Ten of his stories are included here, and are accompanied by strong and diverse representations of the contemporary story in Brazil, featuring nine stories by Clarice Lispector and seven by João Guimarães Rosa. The remaining 34 authors include Mário de Andrade, Graciliano Ramos, Osman Lins, Dalton Trevisan, and other major names whose stories in translation exhibit profound artistry.

The anthology is divided into four major periods, "Tropical Belle-Époque," "Modernism," "Modernism at Mid-Century," and "Contemporary Views." There is a general introduction to Brazilian literary culture and introductions to each of the four sections, with descriptions of the authors and a general bibliography on Brazil and Brazilian literature in English. It includes stories of innovation (Mário de Andrade), psychological suspense (Graciliano Ramos), satire and perversion (Dalton Trevisan), altered realities and perceptions (Murilo Rubião), repression and sexuality (Hilda Hilst, Autran Dourado), myth (Nélida Piñón), urban life (Lygia Fagundes Telles, Rubem Fonescal), the oral tale (Jorge Amado, Rachel de Queiroz) and other overarching themes and issues of Brazilian culture. The anthology concludes with a haunting story set in the opera theater in Manaus by one of Brazil's most recently successful writers, Milton Hatoum.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Lionel Trilling once wrote that literature makes us aware of 'the high authority of the self in its quarrel with its society and its culture. Literature is in that sense subversive.' Jackson has gathered between these covers Brazilian masters of subversion from Machado de Assis in the 19th Century to our contemporaries such as Lygia Fagundes Telles, Nélida Pinon and Moacyr Scliar. The translations are impeccable and Jackson's introductions are helpful and reliable road maps. What bounty!"—Ricardo da Silveira Lobo Sternberg, University of Toronto

"A marvelous collection of wonderful short stories, some already well-known and some which will become well-known as the result of this anthology. Particularly laudable is the resurrection of scattered and forgotten translations. Jackson's multiple introductions are thorough, sensitive, and highly readable. The book is a tremendous new resource." —David T. Haberly, University of Virginia

"A reader looking for a concise introduction to Brazilian literature will find it in this remarkable assemblage of texts, while those well acquainted with the tradition will find works that would be very difficult, or even impossible, to access otherwise. Jackson writes with rigour and clarity, and the links he establishes between the diverse texts, writers and periods constitute an excellent brief course on the development and significance of Brazilian literature." —Paulo de Medeiros, University of Utrecht

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195167597
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/21/2006
  • Pages: 542
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

K. David Jackson is Professor of Portuguese at Yale University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : World World Vast World of the Brazilian short story 3
Wedding song 38
The Siamese academies 42
The fortune-teller 48
Life 55
The nurse 61
The secret heart 68
A woman's arms 75
Dona Paula 82
Father versus mother 89
Wallow, swine! 97
Going after rubber 101
Returning from rubber gathering 106
Aunt Zeze's tears 111
The baby in Rose Tarlatan 116
An episode in a hotel 121
The man who knew Javanese 127
The funnyman who repented 135
It can hurt plenty 150
The Christmas Turkey 160
The death of the standard-bearer 164
The first corpse 172
The beauty contest 181
Gaetaninho 186
Sardanapalo 189
Joao Urso 194
The thief 203
Whale 211
How Porciuncula the Mulatto got the corpse off his back 215
Metonymy, or the husband's revenge (drama in three scenes) 223
Down our street 228
Fandango : the life and death of a Gaucho 235
The guerrilla 242
The house of the melancholy angel 244
The buffalo 262
The chicken 268
The smallest woman in the world 270
The breaking of the bread 274
The fifth story 276
Miss Algrave 278
The body 283
Plaza Maua 288
Beauty and the beast, or, the wound too great 291
The girl from beyond 299
Much ado 302
Soroco, his mother, his daughter 312
The third bank of the river 315
Treetops 319
Those Lopes 325
The jaguar 328
Baroque tale or tripartite unity 355
Easter Sunday 366
The corpse in the parlor 378
The vampire of Curitiba 383
Her times two 386
Miguel's theft 404
Big-bellied cow 414
Brief flower 419
Just a saxophone 424
Zacarias, the pyrotechnist 431
The misplaced machine 437
The cow 440
The last poor man 443
Bald Island 447
Marta : a souvenir of New York 456
Large intestine 460
Order of the day 468
The Prophet 481
Agda 486
The file cabinet 493
Carol head Lina heart 496
Dragons ... 502
The truth is a seven-headed animal 510
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