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Dom Casmurro (Lord Taciturn).

MACHADO DE ASSIS, Joaquim Maria.

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ISBN 10: 0720608457 / ISBN 13: 9780720608458
Published by Peter Owen,, London:, 1992
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Translated from the Portuguese and with an introduction by R. L. Scott-Buccleuch. First edition thus. Near fine in a near fine (small scrape over price on front flap) dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 45807

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Title: Dom Casmurro (Lord Taciturn).

Publisher: Peter Owen,, London:

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Adolescent love, between Bentinho, an only child of a rich widow, and Capitu, the daughter of a lowly government offical is made impossible by a vow made before Bentinho's birth.

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The unreliable narrator and the fictional memoir are long-standing literary traditions. Nineteenth-century Brazilian author Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis uses both to brilliant effect in his novel Dom Casmurro. Narrated by Bento Santiago, this memoir looks back over a life filled with the suspicion of betrayal: Bento is convinced that his wife had an affair with his best friend, and that his son was the result of it. Though he has no real evidence to support this belief, Bento becomes so obsessed with it that, in the end, he commits crimes far worse than the suspected adultery to avenge himself. The memoir itself is a kind of justification for his actions; Bento, now alone, recreates the environment of his childhood and attempts to rewrite the facts of his life--in essence, reconstructing the past.

Among readers familiar with Latin American literature, Machado is considered a master. His novels blend black comedy with deadly accurate social commentary and an unerring perception of human psychology to create works that are brilliant, complex without being opaque, and joys to read. The Oxford University Press edition is ably translated by John Gledson and accompanied by critical essays that will help orient readers unfamiliar with Machado's work.

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