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We encounter roses that speak to each other, discussing the character and actions of their owner, Sofia; even the stars above occasionally comment, sarcastically, on the humans below. When Rubiao falls in love with the wife of his best friend, we see adultery as yet another betrayal of reality. Rubiao's own hold on reality becomes ever more tenuous as he makes elaborate plans for his marriage, even though he has no bride, and fantasizes that he has become Napoleon III. The very nature of reality, the novel seems to be saying, is an agreed-upon fiction told by an unreliable narrator.

Brilliantly translated by Gregory Rabassa, Quincas Borba is a masterful satire not only on life in Imperial Brazil but the human condition itself. Excerpt The Library of Latin America series makes available in translation major nineteenth-century authors whose work has been neglected in the English-speaking world.

Quincas Borba (Portuguese Edition)

Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts. After his death, the old philosopher leaves his wealth and dog for Rubiao, a poor ex-teacher who took care of the philosopher in his final days. But that is another story. Now, Rubiao is rich.

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With wealth, come friends. In no time, his social circle increases in circumference. He gets introduced to Palha and his wife, Dona Sophia. At first, he consoles himself that it would be highly immoral to expect anything minutely similar to his feelings in return.

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But love, as love, is supposed to be love, Rubiao declares his love to Sophia who later falls in love with Carlos Maria. What happens to him, his love and his dog?

I would leave that for the future reader to discover. Most of these are shades of grey, instead of being just black or white. And maybe, this is what makes them seem real; almost familiar. My two most favorite characters were Quincas Borba-the dog and Quincas Borba-the philosopher; in the same order.

Though these two characters just fill a mere couple of pages of the novel, they act as a foundation for rest of the story. Their presence is felt throughout. Would you like to report this content as inappropriate?

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After the death of the philosopher Quincas Borba, his friend and disciple Rubiao inherits all he possessed Director: Roberto Santos. Writers: Roberto Santos , Machado de Assis novel. Brazilian literature and cinema. Roberto Santos-st. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.

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