Spilt Milk

A Novel
Product Number: EB00641068
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780802194855
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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A stylish, imaginative tale of love, loss, and longing, played out across multiple generations of one Brazilian family. As EulAlio AssumpcAo lies dying in a Brazilian public hospital, his daughter and the attending nurses are treated-whether they like it or not-to his last, rambling monologue. Ribald, hectoring, and occasionally delusional, EulAlio reflects on his past, present, and future-on his privileged, plantation-owning family; his father's philandering with beautiful French whores; his own half-hearted career as a weapons dealer; the eventual decline of the family fortune; and his passionate courtship of the wife who would later abandon him. As EulAlio wanders the sinuous twists and turns of his own fragmented memories, Buarque conjures up a brilliantly evocative portrait of a man's life and love, set in the broad sweep of vivid Brazilian history. At once jubilant and painfully nostalgic, playful and devastatingly urgent, readers of the award-winning Spilt Milk will find themselves "in the hands of a master storyteller" (The Plain Dealer). "How did he do it? Buarque has breathed the story of a whole country into a single, unforgettable man with a soul as big as Brazil. But he's also written one of the saddest love stories, and one of the truest." -Nicole Krauss "In Spilt Milk [Buarque] confronts the themes that make Brazil squirm, from the stain of slavery to the inferiority complex the country has historically felt when it compares itself to Europe." -The New York Times "Lovely details and a fine sense of place. . . . Echoing Sebald's Rings of Saturn. . . . There's plenty to like." -Publishers Weekly "Buarque writes like a man with a cigarette in one hand and a drink in the other. Shoulders slumped, a wrinkled linen suit; you join him at the bar to hear his wild story." -Los Angeles Times

Author(s): Chico Buarque
Original Publish Date: Dec 04, 2012

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