The Devil's Church and Other Stories

Assis, Joaquim Maria Machado De

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Austin. 1977. University Of Texas Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 90. 152 pages. hardcover. Cover Illustration by Ed Lindlof. 0292775350. keywords:. inventory # 2371. FROM THE PUBLISHER - The modern Brazilian short story begins with the mature work of Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839-1908), acclaimed almost unanimously as Brazil’s greatest writer. Collectively, these nineteen stories are representative of Machado’s unique style and world view, and this translation doubles the number of his stories previously available in English. The stories in this volume reflect Machado’s post-1880 emphasis on social satire and experimentation in psychological realism. If he had continued to produce the moralistic love stories and parlor intrigues of his earlier fiction, Machado’s legacy would have been an entertaining but inconsequent body of work. However, by 1880 he had begun a devastating satirical assault on society through his fiction. In spite of his ruthlessness, Machado does at times reveal an ironic sympathy for his characters. He is not indifferent to human conflict but uses humor and irony to stress the absurdity of these conflicts, acted out against the backdrop of an indifferent universe. Such a spectacle creates a sense of helplessness that can only inspire wistful amusement. In his technical mastery of the short story, Machado was decades ahead of his contemporaries and can still be considered more modern than most of the modernists themselves. That his stories elicit such strong and diverse reactions today is a tribute to their richness, complexity, and significance. Texas Pan American Series. CONTENTS: INTRODUCTION; THE BONZO’S SECRET; THOSE COUSINS FROM SAPUCAIA; ALEXANDRIAN TALE; THE DEVIL’S CHURCH; A STRANGE THING; FINAL CHAPTER; A SECOND LIFE; DONA PAULA; THE DIPLOMAT; THE COMPANION; EVOLUTION; ADAM AND EVE; ETERNAL!; A CELEBRITY; MARIANA; A CANARY’S IDEAS; PYLADES AND ORESTES; FUNERAL MARCH; WALLOW, SWINE!; TRANSLATORS’ NOTE. In translating the stories volume 2 of the Aguilar edition of Machado de Assis’ complete works were used (Obra Completa, Rio: Editôra José Aguilar, Ltda., 1962). Following are the titles and dates of publication of the translated stories: ‘The Bonzo’s Secret’ (‘0 Segrêdo do Bonzo,’ 1882); ‘Those Cousins from Sapucaia’ (‘Primas de Sapucaia,’ 1883); ‘A]exandrian Tale’ (‘Canto Alexandrino,’ 1883); ‘The Devil’s Church’ (‘A lgreja do Diabo,’ 1883); ‘A Strange Thing’ (‘Singular Ocorrência,’ 1883); ‘Final Chapter’ (‘Ultimo Capitulo,’ 1883); ‘A Second Life’ (‘A Segunda Vida,’ 1884); ‘Dana Paula’ (‘D. Paula,’ 1884); ‘The Diplomat’ (‘O Diplomático,’ 1884); ‘The Companion’ (‘O Enfermeiro,’ 1884); ‘Evolution’ (‘Evolucáo,’ 1884); ‘Adam and Eve’ (‘Adão e Eva,’ 1885); ‘Eternal!’ (‘Eterno!’ 1887); ‘A Celebrity’ (‘Urn Homem Célebre,’ 1888); ‘Mariana’ (‘Mariana,’ 1891); ‘A Canary’s Ideas’ (‘ldéias de Canário,’ 1895); ‘Pylades and Orestes’ (‘Pilades e Orestes,’ 1903); ‘Funeral March’ (‘Marcha Fünebre,’ 1905); ‘Wallow, Swine!’ (‘Suje-se Gordo!’ 1905). Bookseller Inventory #

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The modem Brazilian short story begins with the mature work of Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839-1908), acclaimed almost unanimously as Brazil's greatest writer. Collectively, these nineteen stories are representative of Machado's unique style and world view, and this translation doubles the number of his stories previously available in English.

The stories in this volume reflect Machado's post-1880 emphasis on social satire and experimentation in psychological realism. If he had continued to produce the moralistic love stories and parlor intrigues of his earlier fiction, Machado's legacy would have been an entertaining but inconsequent body of work. However, by 1880 he had begun a devastating satirical assault on society through his fiction. In spite of his ruthlessness, Machado does at times reveal an ironic sympathy for his characters. He is not indifferent to human conflict but uses humor and irony to stress the absurdity of these conflicts, acted out against the backdrop of an indifferent universe. Such a spectacle creates a sense of helplessness that can only inspire wistful amusement.

In his technical mastery of the short story. Machado was decades ahead of his contemporaries and can still be considered more modern than most of the modernists themselves. That his stories elicit such strong and diverse reactions today is a tribute to their richness, complexity, and significance.

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Title: The Devil's Church and Other Stories
Publisher: University Of Texas Press
Publication Date: 1977
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Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
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