Quincas Borba

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Oxford University Press, Apr 29, 1999 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Along with The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas and Dom Casmurro, Quincas Borba is one of Machado de Assis' major works and indeed one of the major works of nineteenth century fiction. With his uncannily postmodern sensibility, his delicious wit, and his keen insight into the political and social complexities of the Brazilian Empire, Machado opens a fascinating world to English speaking readers. When the mad philosopher Quincas Borba dies, he leaves to his friend Rubião the entirety of his wealth and property, with a single stipulation: Rubião must take care of Quincas Borba's dog, who is also named Quincas Borba, and who may indeed have assumed the soul of the dead philosopher. Flush with his newfound wealth, Rubião heads for Rio de Janeiro and plunges headlong into a world where fantasy and reality become increasingly difficult to keep separate. Brilliantly translated by Gregory Rabassa, Quincas Borba is a masterful satire not only on life in Imperial Brazil but the human condition itself.

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Machado de Assis's 1891 novel is one of four new volumes in Oxford's "Library of Latin America." The plot follows protagonist Rubiao, who moves from the country to Rio de Janeiro along with his dog ... 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...
Page xiii - There are more things on heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy' (Shakespeare, in Alexander 1951: 166).
Page xi - Assis (1839-1908) is the greatest nineteenth-century novelist of Latin America and one of the most remarkable literary talents to appear in the Americas as a whole.

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Gregory Rabassa is the preeminent American translator of Spanish and Portuguese, whose works include One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas. Celso Favaretto teaches at the University of São Paulo. David T. Haberly teaches at the University of Virginia.

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