Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

Biography

Brazil's Machado de Assis, the greatest Latin American novelist of the nineteenth century (1839-1908), also excelled in the short story.

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Books

Midnight Mass and Other Stories
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Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 86,400. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Brazilian Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis was the finest storyteller of nineteenth-century Latin America. "Midnight Mass and Other Stories" offers a selection of Machado's tales, from the oft-translated and sly erotic title story, a classic of Brazilian literature, to such brief ironic tales, not previously translated into English, as "A Game," "Coimbra the Clerk," and "Sooner the Tarpeian Rock."
Captain Mendonça
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,270. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2013 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Classics
"I felt an acute pain in the top part of my skull; a foreign object went in to the inside of my brain. I know nothing else. I think I fainted. When I came to, the laboratory was empty. Father and daughter had disappeared. I had the impression there was a curtain in front of me. A loud and hoarse voice resounded in my ears."
The Diplomat
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,430. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Classics
"At forty, he was disabused of his ambitions, but his temper remained the same, and, his conjugal vocation notwithstanding, he still couldn’t find a bride. More than one would have would have accepted him with great pleasure; he was so circumspect he lost them all."
Coimbra the Clerk
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2013 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Classics
The aging clerk Coimbra no longer believes in much. Not even his long-standing faith in the lottery--"I'm no longer of the age to hope," he admits--is entirely steadfast. He resolves, then, to buy one last ticket, for the drawing for the huge sum of five hundred contos.
The Pale Woman
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,750. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2013 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Classics
Máximo, an impoverished young poet and student, inherits a fortune on the unexpected death of his godfather. His own fortunes, however, are not greatly improved.
Sooner the Tarpeian Rock
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2013 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
"People recall an abyss with pleasure; it is impossible to recall a bore without dread. Sooner the Tarpeian Rock than an author of ill repute."
Nameless Flower
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2013 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Classics
Martinha, in her forties, finds herself alone. She has only the old aunt she lives with. One day, going through the mementos of her youth, she comes across a dried flower and reminisces about the circumstances in which, rare, beautiful, and fresh, it was given to her.
Holidays
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,440. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
Young José Martins, let out of class early one day, heads home with his uncle and his older sister. On the way, he and his sister try to guess the reason--a party? a birthday? an election victory?--for their unexpected dismissal from class.
A School Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,920. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
Chekhov noted that if, early in a story, mention was made of a rifle hanging on the wall, it would eventually have to go off. Hanging on the window frame of the schoolhouse in Machado de Assis's "A School Story" is not a rifle, but a paddle, complete with five holes drilled in it.
Trio in A Minor
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
In "Trio in A Minor," Machado's classic tale of a love triangle in Brazilian high society, the intrigue plays out to the tune of the old sonata of the absolute.
Three yet One
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
"Her gaze was not absent, as it had been shortly before; instead, it was fixed on the flowers on the wallpaper that lined the room. She noticed, for the first time, that the flowers were daisies. And she shifted her gaze from one to the next, to see if the pattern was the same, and she found that it was. Is that not delightful? Daisies painted on paper."
A Game
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,450. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
"'Now, you’ve played cards with so many people, but only once, a long time ago, have you played with me, écarté. Isn’t écarté the name of that game you taught me? Let’s play a game.' Xavier started laughing."
Midnight Mass
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Classics
It's Christmas Eve, 1861 or 1862. Seventeen-year-old Nogueira, a native of the provinces living in Rio de Janeiro for his studies, has arranged with a neighbor to go to midnight mass. Into the parlor where he is waiting up alone walks Dona Conceição, the thirty-year-old wife of the man in whose house he is lodging. "Midnight Mass," perhaps Machado's most beloved tale, is a Brazilian classic.
Botany Lesson
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,890. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2012 by Fario. Category: Plays » Caribbean & Latin American
Baron Sigismundo de Kernoberg, a single Swede of thirty-nine, wedded to science alone, suddenly finds himself roped into giving botany lessons to a neighbor's lovely young niece.
Miss Dollar
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,430. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A classified ad is offering a large reward for the return of a lost greyhound. Mendonça, a single young doctor who has found the dog, makes his way to a house on Rua de Mata-cavalos, where the reward he ultimately collects is much different from the one mentioned in the classifieds.
Arms
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,090. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
Fifteen-year-old Inácio has been sent to work as a runner for the lawyer Borges. Borges's wife, the full-figured twenty-seven-year-old Dona Severina, fires the young runner's imagination, and she herself finds her own ability to resist temptation sorely tested.
The Machete
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,590. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Inácio Ramos is a cellist. His young wife, daughter of a poor shopkeeper, does not understand his art. She is drawn instead to popular music and those who play it, above all to a mediocre law student who is back in Rio de Janeiro for the holidays.
Point of View
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,270. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
"Our disagreement has a natural explanation. I am a single girl, full of complications, dreams, ambitions, and poetry; you are already a woman of the house, a calm and happy wife, soon to be a mother; you see things through a different lens."
A Fire
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,170. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
In Montevideo, on shore leave, a naval officer comes across a burning dressmaker's shop. Ever the chivalrous gentleman, he ignores the flames and the smoke and rushes up the stairs to the burning workshop.
Wedding Song
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
Failed composer Maestro Romão, ill, is seeking desperately to complete a piece of music he had abandoned in 1779, shortly after his marriage. In this brief and moving tale by the Brazilian master Machado de Assis, one of his finest, the frustrated artist Romão struggles momentarily against the oblivion that, he now sees, will be his lot.
The Gold Watch
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,100. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Caribbean & Latin American
When Luís Negreiros returns home from the office one evening, he finds a fine watch and chain on a table in his bedroom. The watch isn't his and can't be his young and beautiful wife Clarinha's, either. Whose is it then? Luís Negreiros's suspicions are immediately aroused.
The Secret Cause
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,180. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2012 by Fario. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The disquieting pleasures of a forty-year-old man are gradually made clear to a young doctor in this short story by the great Brazilian Machado de Assis. Translated by Juan LePuen.

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