1st Printing. 280 pages. Published in 2008. Collection of short stories and unpublished work. One of the greatest books of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. There is no American Edition. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents, at long last, Machado de Assis' "A Chapter of Hats" in felicitous English translation. Short stories, three unpublished chapters of "Genesis" collectively titled "In The Ark", and "The Mirror: A Sketch For A New Theory of The Human Soul", in felicitous English translations by John Gledson, the greatest living translator into English and scholar of Brazilian literature. Professor Gledson has also written an indispensable Introductory Essay. "They echo Poe and Gogol, they anticipate Joyce, they have been compared to contemporary works by Chekhov, Maupassant, and Henry James. Yet they are not quite like any of these. Anyone who has read 'Epitaph of A Small Winner' or 'Dom Casmurro', his most famous novels, will want to savor these stories" (John Gledson). One of his earliest and most passionate advocates, the late great critic and novelist, Susan Sontag, ironically noted that discovering Machado de Assis "makes one less provincial" as a human being, not just as a reader, clearly implying the opposite, that the single-minded focus on Anglo-American literature ("English", as it's still called in academe) makes one more provincial. Together with Alejo Carpentier, Machado de Assis is now widely regarded as one of the "founders" of Magical Realism, the most influential literary Movement of 20th-century Latin-American literature. Coming from backward cultures, Carpentier and De Assis are anomalies, two geniuses who came from nowhere and permanently transformed literature. His single greatest book, "Epitaph For A Small Winner", was definitively and more faithfully translated anew as "The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas" (1997). This collection of stories magnifies his achievement. An absolute "must-have" title for Machado de Assis collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of few copies of the First British Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available in bookstores and online are remainder-marked and have serious flaws. A scarce copy thus. The greatest Brazilian writer thus far. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MACHADO DE ASSIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0747594619. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Two gentlemen standing outside a church in Rio de Janeiro see a respectable lady emerge - one of them has an unexpected, and to him inexplicable story to tell about her past life as a prostitute; a popular composer of polkas burns the midnight oil in a desperate attempt to create great classical music; a teenager finds himself caught up by the sight of the bare arms of an older woman who lives with his employer; an impoverished, lazy young man turns to the lucrative trade of catching runaway slaves; and, dull, monotonous Mariana has a tiff with her husband about the hat he wears to town, and decides to sing 'the Marseillaise of matrimony' by going off on a trip to town herself with her more daring, flirtatious friend Sophia. These are some of the situations developed in these stories, some of the most brilliant to have been written in the nineteenth century. They echo Poe and Gogol, they anticipate Joyce, they have been compared to contemporary works by Chekhov, Maupassant, and Henry James, yet they are not quite like any of these. Anyone who has read "Epitaph of a Small Winner" or "Dom Casmurro", his most famous novels, will want to savour these stories - those who haven't, will find them a varied and enjoyable introduction to Machado's work.
About the Author: Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839-1908) was born and lived his whole life in Rio de Janeiro. The son of poor parents, and mulatto, he worked his way to a successful career as a civil servant and a writer. He was revered (though not understood) in his lifetime, and was unanimously elected President of the Brazilian Academy of Letters when it was founded in 1896. He is still universally regarded as the greatest Brazilian writer. John Gledson is Professor Emeritus of Brazilian Studies at the University of Liverpool. He has produced Brazilian editions of Machado de Assis's stories and newspaper columns, and is also the translator of his novel Dom Casmurro (Oxford University Press, 1997), along with novels by Milton Hatoum and critical works by Roberto Schwarz, among others.
Title: A CHAPTER OF HATS AND OTHER STORIES - Scarce...
Publisher: London, England: Bloomsbury Publishing
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