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(03/06/2008) Dom Casmurro by Joaquim Maria Machado De Assis. New York. 1994. Penguin Books. Translated From The Portuguese & With An Introduction By Robert Scott-Buccleuch. keywords: Literature Brazil Translated Latin America. 216 pages. The cover shows a detail from a contemporary photograph of Gloria, Rio de Janiero reproduced by courtesy of Peter Owen Ltd. 0140446125.

A masterful portrayal of the effects of jealousy by Brazil's greatest novelist.

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   DOM CASMURRO is the masterpiece of Brazil's greatest novelist Machado de Assis The narrator Bentinho, now a taciturn lawyer, looks back and tells the story of the sweet anticipations of his youth, his childhood friendship and adolescent love affair with Capitu, their secret meetings and ardent pledges. Escaping from a career in the priesthood favoured by his mother, Bentinho pursued his true vocation in marriage to Capitu. But her infidelity, or so he perceived it, made the marriage a phantom edifice, 'a castle in the air'. Assis is the master of a wonderfully subtle narrative art, vivid, discursive and enriched with many-layered irony. Like Othello, Bentinho may have been deluded by his own passionate jealousy, but this possibility merely gives a greater intensity to Assis's tragedy of love and painful disillusionment. 'Brazil's greatest novelist. comparable with Stendhal or Sterne' - V. S. Pritchett.

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