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Oxford Anthology of the Brazilian Short Story [Paperback]

K. David Jackson

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May 15 2007
The Oxford Anthology of the Brazilian Short Story contains a selection of short stories by the best-known authors in Brazilian literature from the late nineteenth century to the present. With few exceptions, these stories have appeared in English translation, although widely separated in time and often published in obscure journals. Here they are united in a coherent edition representing Brazil's modern, vibrant literature and culture. J.M. Machado de Assis, who first perfected the genre, wrote at least sixty stories considered to be masterpieces of world literature. Ten of his stories are included here, and are accompanied by strong and diverse representations of the contemporary story in Brazil, featuring nine stories by Clarice Lispector and seven by Joao Guimaraes Rosa. The remaining 34 authors include Mario de Andrade, Graciliano Ramos, Osman Lins, Dalton Trevisan, and other major names whose stories in translation exhibit profound artistry. The anthology is divided into four major periods, "Tropical Belle-Epoque," "Modernism," "Modernism at Mid-Century," and "Contemporary Views." There is a general introduction to Brazilian literary culture and introductions to each of the four sections, with descriptions of the authors and a general bibliography on Brazil and Brazilian literature in English. It includes stories of innovation (Mario de Andrade), psychological suspense (Graciliano Ramos), satire and perversion (Dalton Trevisan), altered realities and perceptions (Murilo Rubiao), repression and sexuality (Hilda Hilst, Autran Dourado), myth (Nelida Pinon), urban life (Lygia Fagundes Telles, Rubem Fonescal), the oral tale (Jorge Amado, Rachel de Queiroz) and other overarching themes and issues of Brazilian culture. The anthology concludes with a haunting story set in the opera theater in Manaus by one of Brazil's most recently successful writers, Milton Hatoum.

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"Lionel Trilling once wrote that literature makes us aware of 'the high authority of the self in its quarrel with its society and its culture. Literature is in that sense subversive.' Jackson has gathered between these covers Brazilian masters of subversion from Machado de Assis in the 19th Century to our contemporaries such as Lygia Fagundes Telles, Nelida Pinon and Moacyr Scliar. The translations are impeccable and Jackson's introductions are helpful and reliable road maps. What bounty!"--Ricardo da Silveira Lobo Sternberg, University of Toronto

"A marvelous collection of wonderful short stories, some already well-known and some which will become well-known as the result of this anthology. Particularly laudable is the resurrection of scattered and forgotten translations. Jackson's multiple introductions are thorough, sensitive, and highly readable. The book is a tremendous new resource." --David T. Haberly, University of Virginia

"A reader looking for a concise introduction to Brazilian literature will find it in this remarkable assemblage of texts, while those well acquainted with the tradition will find works that would be very difficult, or even impossible, to access otherwise. Jackson writes with rigour and clarity, and the links he establishes between the diverse texts, writers and periods constitute an excellent brief course on the development and significance of Brazilian literature." --Paulo de Medeiros, University of Utrecht

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K. David Jackson is Professor of Portuguese at Yale University.

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