The Looking-Glass: Essential Stories
Machado de Assis

The Looking-Glass: Essential Stories

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Enchanting, fresh translations of the finest stories by Brazil's greatest writer and author of short stories, cited as the greatest black writer in Western literature

"Machado de Assis showed the human comedy is the same everywhere, and in conflicts between man and society, society usually wins." --The New Yorker

Machado de Assis is one of the most enigmatic and fascinating story writers who ever lived. What appear at first to be stately social satires reveal unanticipated depths through flashes of darkness and winking surrealism. This new selection of his finest work, translated by the prize-winning Daniel Hahn, showcases the many facets of his mercurial genius.

A brilliant scientist opens the first asylum in his home town, only to start finding signs of insanity all around him. A young lieutenant basks in praise, but in solitude feels his identity fray into nothing. The reading of a much-loved elder statesman's journals reveals hidden thoughts of merciless cruelty.

This beautiful new collection of fresh translations offers the perfect gathering of his most beloved stories:

  • The Fortune-Teller
  • The Posthumous Portrait Gallery
  • The Loan
  • The Tale of the Cabriolet
  • The Stick
  • The Secret Cause
  • The Canon, or Metaphysics of Style
  • The Alienist
  • The Looking-Glass
  • Midnight Mass

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    Published by: Pushkin Collection
    Translated by: Daniel Hahn
    Pub date: 12/13/2022
    Binding type: Paperback
    Pages: 224
    ISBN: 9781782278078
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    • Description
      Enchanting, fresh translations of the finest stories by Brazil's greatest writer and author of short stories, cited as the greatest black writer in Western literature

      "Machado de Assis showed the human comedy is the same everywhere, and in conflicts between man and society, society usually wins." --The New Yorker

      Machado de Assis is one of the most enigmatic and fascinating story writers who ever lived. What appear at first to be stately social satires reveal unanticipated depths through flashes of darkness and winking surrealism. This new selection of his finest work, translated by the prize-winning Daniel Hahn, showcases the many facets of his mercurial genius.

      A brilliant scientist opens the first asylum in his home town, only to start finding signs of insanity all around him. A young lieutenant basks in praise, but in solitude feels his identity fray into nothing. The reading of a much-loved elder statesman's journals reveals hidden thoughts of merciless cruelty.

      This beautiful new collection of fresh translations offers the perfect gathering of his most beloved stories:

    • The Fortune-Teller
    • The Posthumous Portrait Gallery
    • The Loan
    • The Tale of the Cabriolet
    • The Stick
    • The Secret Cause
    • The Canon, or Metaphysics of Style
    • The Alienist
    • The Looking-Glass
    • Midnight Mass