THE POSTHUMOUS MEMOIRS OF BRÁS CUBAS | MACHADO DE ASSIS

Quite the extraordinary read, reminding me of my high school readings of Voltaire’s Candide and Dante’s Divine Comedy, by Brasil’s greatest writer of literature. Written in 1881, and now available in a new translation from the Portuguese by Flora Thomson-DeVeaux, the main character, Brás Cubas, recounts his life story from his own grave, highlighting along the way the foibles of the 1% of Brasil in the late 1800’s. Too many spectacular passages to pull from so  . . . . This was another selection from A Public Space’s virtual bookclub which has me reading authors completely off my radar.