The Misplaced Machine & Other Stories

Veiga, Jose J.

Published by Knopf, 1970
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Title: The Misplaced Machine & Other Stories

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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New York. 1970. Knopf. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. Translated from the Portuguese by Pamela G. Bird. 143 pages. August 1970. hardcover. Jacket design by Guy Fleming. keywords: Literature Translated Brazil Latin America. inventory # 7127. FROM THE PUBLISHER - To celebrate the first appearance in English of the work of one of Brazil’s leading writers of fiction, this collection of short stories is published simultaneously with José J. Veiga’s novel THE THREE TRIALS OF MANIRERMA. The narratives that make up THE MISPLACED MACHINE AND OTHER STORIES combine the element of terror with refining touches of tenderness, lightness, and lyricism. Some are poignant, some macabre, some ironically funny, but all imaginatively interweave mystery and fantasy with reality. A peddler enters a town where a wolf is being tortured, is inexplicably coerced to stay the night, and dies in the squalid stable of his captor. An Indian boy, taken to live with a white family, is abused and made the village slave; he is jailed for a trivial incident, forgotten, and then shot one holiday as he walks out of the open jail door. A widowed father parts with his son. A rich schoolboy’s affair with a soldier’s mistress is comically thwarted. Two children speculate on their appearance in the eyes of a huge creature. A small boy’s fantasy about the beasts of the forest is contrasted with harsh reality. A painstakingly built highway is abandoned because of an unkillable rooster who leads to their death all who travel it. An old dog is jealous of a puppy - he eats it - but is haunted forever after. A strange machine is delivered by mistake to the center of a small town; no one knows what it is or how it works, but its very mystery makes it an object of worship. A small boy ponders the meaning of death as it occurs on the farm. Everywhere in these sensitive tales an ingenious storyteller comments on some of the enduring agonies of the human condition: jealousy, fear, death, brutality, and the haunted mind. Bookseller Inventory # 7127

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