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Brazilian Tales

Book Overview: 

“Brazilian Tales” is a collection of six short stories selected by Isaac Goldberg as best representative of the Brazilian Literature of his period – the end of the 19th century. His comprehensive preface aims at familiarizing the reader with a literature that was – and still is – virtually unknown outside the boundaries of its own land, and the pieces chosen by Goldberg to be translated belong to writers that reached popularity and appreciation while still alive. This “pioneer volume”, as the translator himself puts it, still keeps its charm and interest as a way of offering to the English speaking public some “sample cases” of Brazilian Literature.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .reach the point or morbidity which we have become accustomed to expect in the novels and tales of the Russians. Stories like The Attendant's Confession are written with a refinement of thought as well as of language. They are not, as so much of Brazilian literature must perforce seem to the stranger's mind, exotic. They belong to the letters of the world by virtue of the human appeal of the subject and the mastery of their treatment.

Chief among the writers here represented stands Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis. (1839-1908). Born in Rio de Janeiro of poor parents he was early beset with difficulties. He soon found his way into surroundings where his literary tastes were awakened and where he came into contact with some of the leading spirits of the day. The noted literary historians of his country, Sylvio Roméro and Joao Ribeiro (in their Compendio de Historia da Litteratura Brazileira) find the writing of his first period of little value. The next decade, fro. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Found the selections by Machado de Assis pretty enjoyable, each of which contains an element of substantially developed irony, at times even brushing with existentialist absurdity; the other stories weren't horrible but didn't match the first three.

Very short primer on Brazilian literature from 1920. I had purchased this book at a used book store in the late 1990's. (I can't remember the bookstore, but I think it was in Braintree or Quincy, MA. I had a long wait for a bus back to the subway after a job interview.) It sat on my shelf until rece

CONTENTS:

Preliminary Remarks
Attendant's Confession - Machado de Assis
The Fortune-Teller - Machado de Assis
Life - Machado de Assis
The Vengeance of Felix - Jose Medeiros e Albuquerque
The Pigeons - Coelho Neto
Aunt Zeze's Tears - Carmem Dolores