Title: Philosopher Or Dog?
Publisher: Noonday Press
Publication Date: 1954
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1954. Noonday Press. 1st American Edition. A Few Brown S[ots On Front free Endpaper,Otherwise Very Good Dustjacket. Translated from the Portuguese by Clotilde Wilson. 271 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by: George W. Thompson. keywords: Literature Translated Brazil Latin America. inventory # 26067. FROM THE PUBLISHER - PHILOSOPHER OR DOG? is in a loose sense a sequel to EPITAPH OF A SMALL WINNER. It tells the story of Rubiao, a provincial schoolteacher who almost by accident inherits a large fortune. Rubiao’s benefactor is Quincas Borba, the mad philosopher of Epitaph, who on dying names Rubiao his sole heir upon condition that the latter take care of Quincas’ dog. Oddly enough the name of the dog is also Quincas Borba, and hence the doubt as to whether the philosopher or the dog gives his name to the book. The problem of the simple, Rubiao, suddenly become a man of wealth, is perfect material for Machado, the supreme ironist. He exhibits Rubiao as lover, patron, politician - a pathetic, egotistical clown bent on creating his own comic downfall. This is Machodo at his wittiest, and those who have read Epitaph already know how witty Machado can be. To quote the New York Times Book Review, ‘His is a highly personal brew of compassion, pessimism and devastating psychological insight.’ Already Machado has a large American following; the publication of this book, the only one of his three masterpieces still unavailable in English, should do much to solidify and increase his reputation. A Few Brown S[ots On Front free Endpaper,Otherwise Very Good Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 26067
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