Widely acclaimed as the progenitor of twentieth-century Latin American fiction, Machado de Assis (1839-1908)--the son of a mulatto father and a washerwoman, and the grandson of freed slaves--was hailed in his lifetime as Brazil's greatest writer. His prodigious output of novels, plays, and stories rivaled contemporaries like Chekhov, Flaubert, and Maupassant, but, shockingly, he was barely translated into English until 1963 and still lacks proper recognition today. Drawn to the master's psychologically probing tales of fin-de-siecle Rio de Janeiro, a world populated with dissolute plutocrats, grasping parvenus, and struggling spinsters, acclaimed translators Margaret Jull Costa and Robin Patterson have now combined Machado's seven short-story collections into one volume, featuring seventy-six stories, a dozen appearing in English for the first time.
Born in the outskirts of Rio, Machado displayed a precocious interest in books and languages and, despite his impoverished background, miraculously became a well-known intellectual figure in Brazil's capital by his early twenties. His daring narrative techniques and coolly ironic voice resemble those of Thomas Hardy and Henry James, but more than either of these writers, Machado engages in an open playfulness with his reader--as when his narrator toys with readers' expectations of what makes a female heroine in "Miss Dollar," or questions the sincerity of a slave's concern for his dying master in "The Tale of the Cabriolet."
Predominantly set in the late nineteenth-century aspiring world of Rio de Janeiro--a city in the midst of an intense transformation from colonial backwater to imperial metropolis--the postcolonial realism of Machado's stories anticipates a dominant theme of twentieth-century literature. Readers witness the bourgeoisie of Rio both at play, and, occasionally, attempting to be serious, as depicted by the chief character of "The Alienist," who makes naively grandiose claims for his Brazilian hometown at the expense of the cultural capitals of Europe. Signifiers of new wealth and social status abound through the landmarks that populate Machado's stories, enlivening a world in the throes of transformation: from the elegant gardens of Passeio P blico and the vibrant Rua do Ouvidor--the long, narrow street of fashionable shops, theaters and caf s, "the Via Dolorosa of long-suffering husbands"--to the port areas of Sa de and Gamboa, and the former Valongo slave market.
One of the greatest masters of the twentieth century, Machado reveals himself to be an obsessive collector of other people's lives, who writes: "There are no mysteries for an author who can scrutinize every nook and cranny of the human heart." Now, The Collected Stories of Machado de Assis brings together, for the first time in English, all of the stories contained in the seven collections published in his lifetime, from 1870 to 1906. A landmark literary event, this majestic translation reintroduces a literary giant who must finally be integrated into the world literary canon.
In his most personal novel to date, internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him. Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. Even so, he never expects to meet Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved five hundred years before--and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice so far-reaching that it prevents him from finding real happiness in this life. Together they will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life's inevitable challenges. Beautiful and inspiring, Aleph invites us to consider the meaning of our own personal journeys: Are we where we want to be, doing what we want to do? Some books are read. Aleph is lived.
Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that "love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . ." A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune.
Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness--sexual pleasure for its own sake--or risking everything to find her own "inner light" and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love.
Narrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S.M., this brief, strange, and haunting tale is the story of Macab a, one of life's unfortunates. Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a poor living as a typist, Macab a loves movies, Coca-Colas, and her rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marilyn Monroe, but she is ugly, underfed, sickly and unloved. Rodrigo recoils from her wretchedness, and yet he cannot avoid the realization that for all her outward misery, Macab a is inwardly free/She doesn't seem to know how unhappy she should be. Lispector employs her pathetic heroine against her urbane, empty narrator--edge of despair to edge of despair--and, working them like a pair of scissors, she cuts away the reader's preconceived notions about poverty, identity, love and the art of fiction. In her last book she takes readers close to the true mystery of life and leave us deep in Lispector territory indeed.
Un hombre y una mujer, motivados por una b squeda espiritual, viajan hacia la aridez y el supuesto vac o del desierto de Mojave. A lo largo de cuarenta d as, rodeados de dudas y tentaciones, entrar n en contacto con sus m s ntimos conflictos y cuestionamientos.Paulo Coelho advierte que ste ha sido un libro dif cil de escribir porque revela episodios y sentimientos de su propia vida; porque dudaba poder narrar esta historia y porque marca la fr gil distancia entre la tradici n m gica a la que pertenece y el hombre que realmente es. "Una nueva guerra va a comenzar, de la cual nadie podr escapar. Veremos dos ej rcitos. De un lado quienes todav a creen en la raza humana, en los poderes ocultos del hombre, y saben que nuestro siguiente paso est en el crecimiento de los dones individuales. Del otro lado estar n los que creen que la vida termina en la materia". --Paulo Coelho
The #1 International Bestselling author of THE ALCHEMIST reveals in this deeply thoughtful novel that the great wisdom of life is that we can be masters of the things that try to enslave us.
"There is nothing wrong with anxiety. Although we cannot control God's time, it is part of the human condition to want to receive the thing we are waiting for as quickly as possible. Or to drive away whatever is causing fear. Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it--just as we have learned to live with storms."
Brida, a young Irish girl, has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her to trust in the goodness of the world, and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world. As Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch.This enthralling novel incorporates themes that fans of Paulo Coelho will recognize and treasure. It is a tale of love, passion, mystery, and spirituality from the master storyteller.
From Paulo Coelho, author of the bestselling The Alchemist, comes a poignant, richly poetic story that reflects the depth of love and life.
Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after eleven years? Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her devoted childhood friend has grown into a handsome and charismatic spiritual leader. She has learned well how to bury her feelings . . . and he has turned to religion as a refuge from his raging inner conflicts.
Now they are together once again, embarking on a journey fraught with difficulties, as long-buried demons of blame and resentment resurface after more than a decade. But in a small village in the French Pyrenees, by the waters of the River Piedra, a most special relationship will be reexamined in the dazzling light of some of life's biggest questions.
El xito, un veneno irresistible. Ambientada en el atractivo entorno del festival de Cannes, El vencedor est solo va mucho m s all del lujo y el glamour, y nos aboca a una profunda reflexi n acerca de la fuerza de los propios sue os y de cu l es la escala de valores con la que nos medimos. Durante 24 horas seguiremos los pasos de Igor, empresario ruso magnate de las comunicaciones, destrozado por una dolorosa ruptura sentimental, y conoceremos su delirante plan para atraer la atenci n de su ex mujer. En su camino se cruzar n Gabriela, una joven y ambiciosa actriz; Jasmine, modelo de Ruanda exiliada en Europa; Javits, un productor influyente y corrupto; y Hamid, estilista que empez de cero y est hoy en la cima de su gloria. La aparici n de Igor cambiar para siempre las vidas de todos ellos. Un intenso, sincero y bien documentado viaje hacia nuestra constante fascinaci n por la fama, el xito y el dinero, que se eleva hasta convertirse en un impactante reflejo del lado m s superficial, intrascendente y depredador del mundo en el que vivimos.
La bruja de Portobello relata la vida de Athena mediante la gente que la conoc a bien o que no la conoc a nada. Cada persona ilustra un aspecto diferente del car cter de Athena, describiendo lo que vieron y experimentaron y tambi n compartiendo sus propias impresiones, creencias e inquietudes.
Entre ellos, su madre adoptiva, un periodista, una sacerdotisa, un historiador y una actriz. Cada persona ilustra un aspecto diferente del car cter de Athena, describiendo lo que vieron y experimentaron y tambi n compartiendo sus propias impresiones, creencias e inquietudes. Edda, sacerdotisa: ""El gran problema de Athena era ser una mujer del siglo XXII, viviendo en el siglo XXI, permitiendo que todos lo viesen. Pag un precio?
Sin duda. Pero habr a pagado un precio mucho m s alto si hubiera reprimido su exuberancia."" Andrea McCain, actriz: ""No me sorprende que su vida terminara de esa manera: viv a flirteando con el peligro... Athena era consciente de su carisma, e hizo sufrir a todos los que la amaron. Incluso a m ."" Heron Ryan, periodista: ""Las personas crean una realidad y despu s se vuelven v ctimas de ella. Athena se revel contra eso y pag un precio alto.""