THE POSTHUMOUS MEMOIRS OF BRAS CUBAS by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

THE POSTHUMOUS MEMOIRS OF BRAS CUBAS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The Posthumous Memoirs of Br†s Cubas ($25.00; Nov.; 256 pp.; 0-19- 510169-3): This earlier (1881) novel by the prolific Machado (18391908) employs the same essential technique (stops-and-starts, authorial expostulations, direct addresses to the reader) to tell the story, following his death and written from the ``other world,'' of its amazingly blasÇ title character and narrator. Br†s Cubas, the scion of a wealthy family, while laboring to mass- produce a miraculous ``poultice'' that will guarantee the health of mankind, unwisely ignored his own and died--leaving unresolved a dizzyingly amusing farrago of personal, professional, and sexual preoccupations. The story's form, of course, recalls Tristram Shandy. Fortunately, so does its wealth of vivid supporting characters--at least one of whom, the ineffably confident ``philosopher'' Quincas Borba, belongs with his uniquely gifted creator right up there among the immortals.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-19-510169-3
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Oxford Univ.
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1997




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