THE TRAGIC DEATH OF MAJOR
Translated by Luciano Trindade Beck
LIMA BARRETO - Writer -
Lima Barreto was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1881, to João Henriques de Lima Barreto (a mulatto) and Amália Augusta. His father was a typographer and a monarchist, and was very linked to Afonso Celso de Assis Figueiredo, the Viscount of Ouro Preto, who would later become Lima Barreto's godfather. Barreto's mother would die when he was very young, and he was subsequently sent to study at a private school run by Teresa Pimentel do Amaral. Soon after, he entered at the Liceu Popular Niteroiense, after the Viscount of Ouro Preto decided to pay for his studies. He graduated in 1894, and in the following year, he would enter the famous Colégio Pedro II. Soon after he graduated, he entered at the Escola Politécnica do Rio de Janeiro, but was forced to abandon it in 1904, in order to take care of his brothers, since his father's mental health was starting to deteriorate.