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Machado de Assis (1839-1908) is considered the pre-eminent writer of Brazil, but his work has only recently become known to the English-speaking world. This new translation of Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas, first published in 1881, now brings Machado de Assis's sardonic wit and keen appreciation of human foibles to a much larger audience.
Gregory Rabassa is the highly acclaimed translator of One Hundred Years of Solitude and many other works of Latin American fiction. Enylton de Sa Rego is a Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin. Gilberto Pinheiro Passos is a Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Sao Paulo.