Machado De Assis (1839-1908), the grandson of ex-slaves, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the groundbreaking author of such novels as Quincas Borba and The Alienist, as well as The Collected Stories of Machado de Assis. Award-winning translator Margaret Jull Costa lives in England. Award-winning translator Robin Patterson lives in England.
A great ironist, a tragic comedian. . . . In his books, in their
most comic moments, he underlines the suffering by making us
The greatest writer ever produced in Latin America.--Susan Sontag
The supreme black literary artist to date.--Harold Bloom
A Playful Masterpiece That Expanded the Novel's Possibilities.... Is it possible that the most modern, most startlingly avant-garde novel to appear this year was originally published in 1881? Margaret Jull Costa and Robin Patterson, who translated the monumental 2018 edition of Machado's 'Collected Stories', offer little historical context, only sparse notes. Their book is unadorned, and often better for it, where the common reader is concerned. We encounter the novel not as a relic, encrusted with renown and analysis, much revered and much handled, but in all its freshness and truculent refusal of fiction's tropes. Jull Costa and Patterson also offer the superior translation. The language is honed and specific, effortless yet charged with feeling.--Parul Sehgal