A Chapter of Hats: Selected Stories by Machado De Assis

By Machado De Assis

Machado de Assis (1839-1908) is the good Brazilian writer of thinker or puppy? and Epitaph of a Small Winner, whose paintings is popular via writers as diversified as Salman Rushdie, Carlos Fuentes, Woody Allen and Susan Sontag. Taken from his mature interval, those awesome tales echo Poe and Gogol, count on Joyce, and feature been in comparison to the writing of Chekhov, Maupassant and Henry James, but his smooth sensibility and clear-eyed humour stay completely special.

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Despite these differences, in each practice of citation the character seeks to redirect aesthetic desire away from the cited text and cathect it to himself. Kim and Han are united by their deep investment in textuality. Their friendship begins with a discussion of classical Chinese poetry in which each demonstrates his facility in calligraphy. Although the European and American texts that they cite differ, both treat the Chinese classics as authoritative sources that buttress their intellectual credentials.

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The first time he meets Trip, Han performs an account of his boyhood in Korea for her. This scene presents a version of the artist as an Orientalist commodity in the making: So I began to outline a book about my early life in Korea, spurred on by my need to interest her, fix her attention. It was something I’d thought on vaguely, of evenings in Philadelphia. Indeed, I’d read some biographies and travel books with that in mind. I had felt for a long time, I had much material to be shared with the West, in an ever-broadening, all-earth embracing age, such as this we were in.

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