Dom Casmurro

Editora Schwarcz - Companhia das Letras

Um dos melhores e mais perfeitos romances brasileiros, uma radiografia do ciúme com a ressonância dos clássicos. Poucos romances examinam com tanta sutileza as artimanhas do ciúme como Dom Casmurro. Publicado em 1899, o livro permanece ainda hoje como um dos mais fascinantes estudos da traição. Aliás, como o leitor mais atento perceberá, são supostamente duas: a de Capitu, exposta pelo marido Bentinho, e a própria narrativa sobre como Bentinho modifica os fatos para corroborar suas suspeitas matrimoniais. Tudo isso é narrado com graça e inteligência num romance que jamais parece esgotar suas possibilidades de leitura. Críticos como Roberto Schwarz e Susan Sontag consideram a obra de Machado como um dos momentos mais altos da prosa ocidental do final do século XIX.
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About the author

Joaquim Maria Machado De Assis Nasceu em 21 de junho de 1839 no Rio de Janeiro. Seu pai era "pardo" e neto de escravos; sua mãe era açoriana. Publicou seu primeiro poema pouco antes de completar quinze anos e vários romances considerados obras-primas, como Memórias póstumas de Brás Cubas (1881), Quincas Borba (1891) e Dom Casmurro. Morreu em 29 de setembro de 1908, no Rio de Janeiro.
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Publisher
Editora Schwarcz - Companhia das Letras
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Published on
Jul 29, 2016
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Pages
400
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ISBN
9788543806631
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Language
Portuguese (Portugal)
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Genres
Fiction / Classics
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Machado de Assis
The later novels of Machado de Assis -- notably Dom Casmurro and Esau and Jacob -- are well known in this country, but the earlier novels have never been translated. Here, in The Hand and the Glove (the Brazilian master's second novel), rendered in English for the first time by Albert I. Bagby, Jr., readers will find a younger, gentler Assis, writing a romantic comedy that is yet permeated with the lively wit characteristic of his later works.

The story is a simple one-of love lost and love found. Of love lost by Estêvão, amiable but vacillating, who is bemused by his own romantic posturing, and by Jorge, superficial and calculating. Of love found by Luis Alves, whose self-possession and determination seem destined to carry him far. The love of all three men is the proud and beautiful Guiomar, sure of her own heart but unsure, until faced by rival claims, of where to bestow it -- a foreshadowing of Capitú, the intriguing heroine of Dom Casmurro.

"English-speaking readers," says Helen Caldwell in the Foreword, "who are already acquainted with Machado de Assis will welcome this latest addition to the translated novels. True, it is a period piece; but its quaintness is a charm to carry us back to the Rio de Janeiro of the 1850s -- to vanished courtly elegance arid attitudes.... Now, we too can know what drew [Assis] back to this early tale, for The Hand and the Glove recreates in English the elegant background, the charming heroine, the comedy, and the light-hearted ebullience of the Portuguese original."

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