By Machado De Assis
Machado de Assis (1839-1908) is the nice Brazilian writer of thinker or puppy? and Epitaph of a Small Winner, whose paintings is well known through writers as various as Salman Rushdie, Carlos Fuentes, Woody Allen and Susan Sontag. Taken from his mature interval, those incredible tales echo Poe and Gogol, expect Joyce, and feature been in comparison to the writing of Chekhov, Maupassant and Henry James, but his glossy sensibility and clear-eyed humour stay completely detailed.
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A Chapter of Hats: Selected Stories by Machado De Assis