Joaquim Maria – The Wizard of Cosme Velho

“Machado de Assis is almost certainly the greatest of all Portuguese-language novelists. He is also a novelist far ahead of his time. There is little in the twentieth-century novel that his subtle, ingenious and sardonic technical procedures do not anticipate. His style – elegant, cool, always restrained – is unsurpassed in the Portuguese language.”

Harold Bloom

“Quem não sabe que ao pé de cada bandeira grande, pública, ostensiva, há muitas vezes várias outras bandeiras, modestamente particulares, que se hasteiam e flutuam à sombra daquela, e não poucas vezes lhe sobrevivem? Mal comparando, é como arraia-miúda, que se acolhia à sombra do castelo feudal; caiu este e a arraia ficou. Verdade é que se fez graúda e castelã… Não, a comparação nao presta.”

Machado de Assis

If he was not dead since 1908 i would swear he was explaining what a Corporation is.

My mom send me 3 f my all time favourite books, Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas, Dom Casmurro and Quincas Borba, Master pieces of Machado de Assis.

He’s our Flaubert, our Dostoievsky, unfortunately not many people know about this genious outside Brazil. Son of freed slaves, despite of his humble upbringing, conquered Rio de Janeiro XIX century literature circle with pure hard-working talent.

If you wanna know a bit more about him, i found this good article on NYT Books

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2 Responses to “Joaquim Maria – The Wizard of Cosme Velho”

  1. Gabriel Lucas Says:

    He also forseened the “and Zombies” style literacy. 🙂
    Genius.

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