Epitaph of a Small Winner

Epitaph of a Small Winner I am a deceased writer not in the sense of one who has written and is now deceased but in the sense of one who had died and is now writing So begins the posthumous memoir of Braz Cubas a wealthy nin

  • Title: Epitaph of a Small Winner
  • Author: Machado de Assis William L. Grossman Susan Sontag
  • ISBN: 9780374521929
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • I am a deceased writer not in the sense of one who has written and is now deceased, but in the sense of one who had died and is now writing So begins the posthumous memoir of Braz Cubas, a wealthy nineteenth century Brazilian Though the grave has given Cubas the distance to examine his rather undistinguished life, it has not dampened his sense of humor In the traditio I am a deceased writer not in the sense of one who has written and is now deceased, but in the sense of one who had died and is now writing So begins the posthumous memoir of Braz Cubas, a wealthy nineteenth century Brazilian Though the grave has given Cubas the distance to examine his rather undistinguished life, it has not dampened his sense of humor In the tradition of Laurence Stern s Tristram Shamdy, Epitaph of a Small Winner is one of the wittiest self portraits in literary history.

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    1. a sick chicken and the voluptuousness of miserywe read an author and wonder 'how is it possible that this genius is not known?' yes, only a species as cretinous as ours could ignore machado. along with carpentier and mutis, he takes the top 'what the fuck' spot. here are three reasons machado must be read, must not be forgotten:1) as karen pointed out below: "18fucking80". yup. madman machado wrote a modernist masterpiece way back when. joyce and woolf? they don't have shit on machado. nothing. [...]

    2. “Do not mourn the dead. They know what they are doing.” ― Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the StarWith those lines, Lispector might have introduced this novel by her countryman. Told from the other side of the grave, we learn of the narrator’s small successes and small failures, ultimately balanced in the totality of things. Braz Cubas, the narrator, provides his autobiography, and his philosophy, with a gentle humor in a novel which anticipates the best of meta-fiction, breaking with a R [...]

    3. this book is written with apathy, with the apathy of a man now freed of the brevity of the century, a supinely philosophical work, of an unequal philosophy, now austere, now playful, something that neither builds nor destroys, neither inflames nor cools, and, yet, it is more than a pastime and less than an apostolate.My morning started on an emotional note today. I logged in and found a book recommendation by Ali, friendly comments from Dolors and Dustin, the surprised mention of my name in Man [...]

    4. Memórias póstumas de Brás Cubas (Realistic trilogy #1), Joaquim Maria Machado de Assisتاریخ نخستین خوانش: سی و یک ماه می سال 2004 میلادیعنوان: خاطرات پس از مرگ براس کوباس؛ نویسنده: ماشادو د آسیس؛ مترجم: عبدالله کوثری؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، مروارید، 1382، در 293 ص، شابک: 9645881420؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان برزیلی قرن 19 ممن نو [...]

    5. The reader, like his fellows, doubtless prefers action to reflection, and doubtless he is wholly in the right. So we shall get to it. However, I must advise that this book is written leisurely, with the leisureliness of a man no longer troubled by the flight of time; that is a work supinely philosophical, but of a philosophy wanting in uniformity, now austere, now playful, a thing that neither edifies nor destroys, neither inflames nor chills, and that is at once more of a pastime and less than [...]

    6. امتیاز من: 3.4«تقدیم به اولین کرمی که بر کالبدم افتاد.»کتاب این‌جوری شروع می‌شه. و شما با یه راوی بامزه و بسیار شوخ‌طبع سروکار دارید که از قضا به تازگی مُرده. بیش‌تر از هر چیزی نوع پرداخت داستان و فرم اون خواننده رو تحت تاثیر قرار می‌ده که اتفاقا سوزان سونتاگ هم در مقدمه‌ای که [...]

    7. “I wrote it with a playful pen and melancholy ink and it isn’t hard to foresee what can come out of that marriage. I might add that serious people will find some semblance of a normal novel, while frivolous people won’t find their usual one here. There it stands, deprived of the esteem of the serious and the love of the frivolous, the two main pillars of opinion.”Although The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas are written in a very frolicsome manner the book is abundant in precise and dee [...]

    8. Roman kahramanı Brás Cubas tüm yapıtı öldükten sonra oluşturmaya başlıyor ve her şey bundan sonra başlıyor. Başlarda inanılmaz anlatım gücüyle elimden bırakamamış olsam da sonraki süreçte anlatımın koptuğunu düşündüm. Yine de romanın kurgusu alışılmışın dışında bir grafiksel yapıya sahip. 3.5'dan 4 diyelim.

    9. O defunto Braz Cubas conta toda sua vida desde o seu nascimento até a sua morte num estilo inovador e inédito até então. Conta seus amores frustados com Marcela e Virgília , conta sua tentativa de entrada na vida política e a sua procura de dar sentido na sua vida enveredando na filosofia falida de Quincas Borba.Um ótimo livro que adorei reler!

    10. What is there between life and death? A short bridge. Nevertheless, if I hadn't put this chapter together the reader would have suffered a strong shock, quite harmful to the effect of the book. Jumping from a portrait to an epitaph can be a real and common act. The reader, however, is only taking refuge in the book to escape life. I'm not saying the thought is mine. I'm saying that there's a grain of truth in it and the form, at least, is picturesque. And, I repeat, it's not mine.The Posthumous [...]

    11. Hace tiempo leí la reseña que de este libro hizo una lectora. Decía que, a pesar de su originalidad aparente (la obra recoge las memorias escritas desde ultratumba por un difunto), no pasaba de un vulgar relato enmarcado en la corriente del Realismo. Estoy en desacuerdo con esa opinión. Tengo idea de que a Machado de Assis se le puede enmarcar en dicha corriente, pero no sin especificar que se trata de un representante muy original.La idea de que un muerto escriba libros no era enteramente n [...]

    12. How could I not want to read this?First, there is the absolutely gorgeous jacket design, including this painting, Young Man with a Pen by Diego Rivera:Second, Mike Puma recommended this. Mike is the go-to guy for Latin American literature.And then, in an introduction (by Bras Cubas), the author announces that he has "adopted the free-form of a Sterne or a Xavier de Maistre" in the writing of these Memoirs.Well, saddle me up and call me Tristram.Machado de Assis has indeed captured Sterne, down t [...]

    13. This recentish GR sensation (among my friends—the rest of GR can take a hike) failed to please me beyond the 166p point. There is something about those ponderous nice-guy narrators who ruminate on the quotidian in occasionally profound ways that seems to set GR aflame. My qualms with the book have been expressed by Nate and Jimmy—simply that once the original-for-1880 self-commenting aspect and short-chapter structure is out of the way, the story and its telling are quirky but banal. Another [...]

    14. Selam sana Bras Cubas, sen öldün ama biz hala yaşıyoruz. Çocuk da var, sefalete devam! Sen zoru başardın, hayatı yaşadın. Biz şimdilik çabalıyoruz. Belki bir gün tak eder ve bu garipliğin dışına çıkarız ama biliyor musun bunun olacağını hiç zannetmiyorum.Pesimizmin böyle eğlenceli anlatılmış halini hiç görmemiştim. Tebrik ederim. Julian Barnes diye bir adam var, bir yazar, sen tanımazsın, “Bir son duygusu" diye bir kitap yazdı, yapısal açıdan bakıldığ [...]

    15. Title: Memorias Postumas de Braz CubasAuthor: Machado de AssisRelease Date: June 2, 2017 [EBook #54829]Language: PortugueseProduced by Laura N.R. & Marc D'Hooghe at Free Literature (online soon in an extended version, also linking to free sources for education worldwide MOOC's, educational materials,)Free download available at Project Gutenberg.I made the proofing of this book for Free Literature and it will be published by Project Gutenberg.Original files are provided by Biblioteca Naciona [...]

    16. Strangely fascinating. I am no expert in literature and only started reading "serious" fiction works a couple of years back in my quest to read all those works included in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Dr. Boxall.Therefore, at first, I did not know how to react to this kind of literary work. Some say it is a novel but the author, the Brazilian Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839-1908) says that is is a memoir. However, a memoir is supposed to be fiction. But how could this be ficti [...]

    17. .کتاب در 160 فصل بسیار کوتاه نوشته شده و شیوه روایت آن بسیار گیراست:واین نکته که نویسنده در متن داستان، خواننده را مخاطب قرار می دهد بسیار جالب است. فکری که گفتم، بعد از کلی بندبازی محیرالعقول تبدیل به فکری سمج شد "،خواننده ی عزیز ، خداوند تو را از شر هر جور فکر سمج حفظ کند" خار به [...]

    18. Every season of life is an edition that corrects the one before and which will also be corrected itself until the definitive edition, which the publisher gives to the worms gratis.This really speaks to me. because I've gone through like twenty editions of myself - not because of demand, just that previous ones were like riddled with typos.I've read de Assis before, and it's great to revisit his weird, modern style. Writing in the late 1800s, De Assis is the Pushkin of Brazil - the father of thei [...]

    19. I have not read anything by Machado de Assis before, though I've been wanting to. He was a prolific author that, strangely, not a lot of people have heard about, and I'm not sure why. He wrote The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas in 1881, but if you picked this up without realizing that and just read it now, you would likely it think it had actually been written in the last fifty years.There's a freshness to his writing that holds up well today. I was nervous at first because I knew it was only [...]

    20. Não vou alongar muito esta avaliação.Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas, se não me engano, foi o segundo ou terceiro livro que li de um autor brasileiro (sendo os outros dois de Paulo Coelho).O livro é escrito na visão de Brás Cubas, um homem que já morreu e decidiu contar a história da sua vida - que não é assim tão interessante - por, talvez, a vida ser demasiado aborrecida do outro lado.Conta, maioritariamente, sobre os seus amores e desencontros.Houve, no geral, duas coisas que f [...]

    21. O autor Machado de Assis nasceu no brasil, mas é descendente de uma açoriana e um africano. “Nascido no Morro do Livramento, Rio de Janeiro, de uma família pobre, mal estudou em escolas públicas e nunca frequentou universidade. Os biógrafos notam que, interessado pela boémia e pela corte, lutou para subir socialmente abastecendo-se de superioridade intelectual. Para isso, assumiu diversos cargos públicos, passando pelo Ministério da Agricultura, do Comércio e das Obras Públicas, e co [...]

    22. Mezarımdan Yazıyorum, edebiyatın felsefeyle harmanlanmasıyla oluşmuş bir içeriğe sahip. Kitabın kahramanı Braz Cubas; doğumundan ölümüne kadar geçen tüm önemli anlarını, gel-gitlerle dolu düşüncelerini, farklı felsefi akımların (materyalizm, varoluşçuluk, oportünizm, faydacılık vs.) şekillendirdiği iç dünyasını sakınımsız bir iç döküşle mezarından okuyucusuna sunuyor.Alıntılar:(view spoiler)["Biz ölümün diyarına girer girmez, kamuoyunun keskin ve [...]

    23. 7 de 10*“Ao verme que primeiro roeu as frias carnes do meu cadáver dedico com saudosa lembrança estas Memórias Póstumas”. É desta forma que Machado de Assis dá início ao seu livro e o mote à narrativa.Mantendo o tom irónico e sarcástico que tão bem o caracteriza, Machado irá, na personagem de Brás Cubas e a coberto da sua morte, falar sem rodeios do que foi a vida deste personagem. Sendo as memórias de um morto, Brás Cubas relata-nos episódios da sua vida sem medo de represá [...]

    24. Um livro que precisa de ser encarado de dois ângulos distintos, o da história da literatura e o do prazer de leitura. Ou seja, o livro é um marco na literatura brasileira, não apenas por ser do "pai" da sua literatura, mas por ter aqui iniciado, na sua escrita e na do Brasil, todo o seu Realismo. Na língua portuguesa, tinha Eça iniciado o movimento, com “O Crime do Padre Amaro” (1875), ao que Machado não foi indiferente, tal como não vinha sendo indiferente a Zola e Flaubert. Esta ob [...]

    25. This is the autobiography of a fictional dead writer -- not a writer who is dead, our narrator observes but a dead man who is writing, recounting his story from beyond the grave. That his story is so ordinary in its arc of 19th-century gentry romance and petty political aspiration just allows him to fill its margins with incisive observation, philosophizing both expansive and bitterly cynical, and darkly playful post-modern games -- chapters designed to explain other chapters or themselves, a ch [...]

    26. it's like a shorter, faster-moving, brazilian tristram shandy, filled with some really amazing metaphors (like the trapeze the man carries inside his head) and a really fun sense of hopeless melancholy. i kinda wish a little more *happened* in it, but i imagine braz cubas feels the same waye translation is incredible. while it's not quite impossible to believe that this book was written in 1880 (tristram shandy of course was even crazier a hundred years earlier), it is impossible that this trans [...]

    27. "Posthumous", not because it was published after the author's death, but because Bras Cubas wrote his memoirs after he died. This is a 19th century work so it's supposed to be the original. Problem is, it didn't come as new to me, having read before the 20th century bestseller "Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold where a murdered girl narrates.There are similarities here with Machado de Assis' other masterpiece, "Dom Casmurro", both in the manner the narrators ended up (alone) and their principal fema [...]

    28. Bu kitap ve referansları hakkında yazılacak çok şey var aslında ama temel olarak şunları not düşmek yeterli;- Bence Machado, yani "Bras Cubas" istese çok daha "eğlenceli" bir hikaye anlatabilirdi. Ama o yaşadığını anlatmayı ve bildiklerinden bahsetmeyi tercih etti.- Ben genel olarak, farklı anlatım tarzı girişimlerini; "iş olsun, farklılık olsun, ilgi toplayayım, canım sağ olsun" zihniyetiyle biçimlenmiş gereksiz işler olarak görürüm. Ön yargılıyım belki eve [...]

    29. Gostei do livro essencialmente pelo trabalho de escrita. Uma escrita divertida com uma ironia e sarcasmo absolutamente deliciosos. Não é uma das grandes obras da literatura de língua Portuguesa, como tantas vezes é referenciado, mas recomendo a leitura.

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