A stunning novel by one of Brazil's greatest writers. Like other great 19th-century novels, Machado de Assis's DOM CASMURRO explores the themes of marriage and adultery.
Author: Machado de Assis
Publisher: Univ of California Press
A stunning novel by one of Brazil's greatest writers. Like other great 19th-century novels, Machado de Assis's DOM CASMURRO explores the themes of marriage and adultery. But what distinguishes Machado's novel from the realism of its contemporaries, and what makes it such a delightful discovery for English-speaking readers, is its eccentric and wildly unpredictable narrative style--a literary genius of the rarest kind.
A versatile and well-read man in the nineteenth-century mode, a lawyer and an
ex-seminarist, Dom Casmurro is well versed in the rhetoric used in the law courts
of his time. It is he who provides the arguments in the case he moves against the
Author: Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Like other great nineteenth century novels--The Scarlet Letter, Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary--Machado de Assis's Dom Casmurro explores the themes of marriage and adultery. But what distinguishes Machado's novel and what makes it such a delightful discovery for English-speaking readers, is its eccentric and wildly unpredictable narrative style. As he recounts the events of his life from the vantage of a lonely old age, the narrator Bento continually interrupts his story to reflect on the writing of it. But the novel is more than a performance of stylistic acrobatics. It is an ironic critique of Catholicism, in which God appears as a kind of divine accountant whose ledgers may be balanced in devious as well as pious ways. It is also a story about love and its obstacles, about deception and self-deception, and about the failure of memory to make life's beginning fit neatly into its end.This crisp new translation by John Gledson is the only complete, unabridged, and annotated edition available of one of the most distinctive novels of the turn of the century.
The book is pervaded by a sense of change; its narrator/protagonistseems caught between a primitive mentality of archetype and a consciousness ofthe transitory modern world. Retired Dreams exploresthis tension.
Author: Paul B. Dixon
Retired Dreams discusses Machado de Assis's Dom Casmurro,Brazil's greatest novel and one of the little-recognized masterpieces of allthe America's. Published precisely at the turn of the century, Dom Casmurro canbe considered a literary milestone, giving the last word on the tradition ofthe realistic bourgeois novel and opening the door to the preoccupations ofcontemporary writers. The book is pervaded by a sense of change; its narrator/protagonistseems caught between a primitive mentality of archetype and a consciousness ofthe transitory modern world. Retired Dreams exploresthis tension. Dixon identifies the quest myth, highly displaced, as theunderlying narrative model and the shaper of the narrator's thinking. Hedevotes separate chapters to the function of time, to the rebirth motif, therole of matriarchy and patriarchy, the voyage motif and woman as anima, andsymbols and primitivism. Particular attention is given to the role of the majortropes (metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony) as devices permitting boththe connection and the distancing between the tradition of heroic discourse andthe domesticated, unheroic reality of the novel's characters. Through thisrhetorical-mythic lens, the book examines many of the factors that havecontinued to fascinate both general readers and critics - the work's ambiguousplot and characterization its problematic ideology its self-conscious artistryand its cosmic vision.
Dom Casmurro This disinterest in the modernization of Brazil , John Gledson
argues , “ is something which Machado regarded as typical of his ( aristocratic ]
generation ” ( Gledson , p . 92 ) . Dom Casmurro , a sophisticated , urban lawyer ,
Author: Joyce Moss
Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning
"Outstanding reference sources 2000", American Libraries, May 2000. Comp. by the Reference Sources Committee, RUSA, ALA.
( A novel ) Dom Casmurro Helen Caldwell W . H . Allen 1953 237 Joaquim Maria
Joaquim Maria Dom Casmurro Epitaph of a Small Winner Dom Casmurro
Memórias póstumas de Brás 1900 cubas Caldwell , Helen 1881 Noonday
Author: Dave Treece
Mostly British scholars of literature review selected Brazilian novels and short story anthologies currently available in English translation, some new and some classic in their original Portuguese.
For more than forty years the critical approach to Dom Casmurro has been based
upon the judgment that Capitú betrayed her husband , Bentinho , with his best
friend , Escobar . In 1961 , José Veríssimo established the position in his História
Author: Gale Research Company
Excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, and other creative writers, 1900-1960.
Dom Casmurro was a bestseller in Brazil , which means that the first printing of
two thousand copies sold out almost immediately . Probably the main reason for
this popularity is the lyricism with which Santiago remembers his early love .
Author: Mônica Rector
Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning
Presents career biographies and criticism writers from Brazil. Also includes essays on tropicalismo, concrete poetry, and colonial literature.
Unable to deal with the political dimensions of his own defeat , the older “ Dom
Casmurro " depicts himself as a victim and regrets the alleged unfaithfulness and
ingratitude of those under his protection . That is , confronted with the evidence ...
Author: Richard Graham
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839-1908) never left Brazil and rarely traveled outside his native city of Rio de Janeiro, yet he is widely acknowledged by those who have read him as one of the major authors of the nineteenth century. His works are full of subtle irony, relentless psychological insights, and brilliant literary innovations. Yet, because he wrote in Portuguese, a language outside the mainstream of Western culture, those with access to his writings are relatively few. This book is designed not only to call new attention to this master but also to raise questions about the nature of literature itself and current alternative views on how it can be approached. Four essays address the question of Machado' "realism" in the five masterpiece novels of his maturity, especially Dom Casmurro. The noted contributors include John Gledson (University of Liverpool), Joatilde;o Adolfo Hansen (Universidade de Satilde;o Paulo), Sidney Chalhoub (Universidade de Campinas), and Daphne Patai (University of Massachusetts at Amherst). Dain Borges of the University of California at San Diego says, "[This is the] only collection explicitly debating the question that polarizes contemporary Brazilian criticism of Machado de Assis: was he a sophisticated late realist, or was he a pioneering anti-realist, even a postmodernist? The [essayists] marshal their evidence and argument with virtuosity andarrive at sharply opposing conclusions."