Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant

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Oxford University Press, Jan 6, 2000 - Fiction - 208 pages
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Recognized as a turning point in Brazilian literature, this entertaining novel of urban manners follows the neer-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.

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Memoirs Of A Militia Sergeant ($25.00; Dec.; 224 pp.; 0-19-511549-X): The lives of Portuguese-occupied Brazil's black slave populace and —poor free people— alike are memorably dramatized in this ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

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Page x - Culture and Nation in Iberoamerica," organized by the editorial board of the Library of Latin America. We received substantial institutional support and personal encouragement from the Institute of Latin American Studies of the University of Texas at Austin. The support of Edward Barry of Oxford University Press has been crucial, as has the advice and help of Ellen Chodosh of Oxford University Press. The first volumes of the series were published after the untimely death, on July 3,1997, of Maria...

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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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