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Eca de Queiros's recourse to the "diaphanous veil of fantasy" introduced in novels of the 1880s, O Mandarim (1880) and A Reliquia (1887), finds a counterpart in Machado de Assis's first major novel of the same decade, Memorias Postumas de Bras Cubas (1880-81). The two authors were aware of each other's work, documented by Machado's sharp critique of characterization and motivation in O Primo Basilio (in O Cruzeiro, April 16, 1878). As if to suggest a further oceanic dialogue between the two great Luso-Brazilian novelists, A Reliquia was first published in the Rio de Janeiro journal Gazeta de Noticias in 1887, the same year of its publication as a book in Portugal. After 1880, according to Machado da Rosa, Eca explored the oneiric experiences of his characters and in the process enlarged the frame of conscious reality: "Talvez que a sua maior originalidade resida na integracao do subconsciente com a consciencia da personagem, feita sob um plano em que as fronteiras da realidade externa se enredam no mundo da fantasia, sem contudo perderem as suas linhas prosaicas..." (Rosa 199). Oneiric versatility is equally an innovative, even experimental feature in Machado's Memorias Postumas. The striking similarities of Bras Cubas's "delirium" with the dream sequences of Teodorico Raposo in A Reliquia offer an illuminating counterpoint in the use and meaning of scenes of imagination and dreams and their role in the art of the nineteenth-century realist novel. Duilio da Gama, a Brazilian diplomat who frequented Eca's house in Paris, confirmed the Portuguese writer's special fascination with Machado's oneiric episode: ... uma das especialidades de Eca como 'entertainer' na sua casa de Neuilly, nos arredores de Paris, durante a decada de 90, era a recitacao memorizada do Capitulo VII, 'O Delirio,' da obra de Machado, Memorias Postumas de Bras Cubas. Eca conhecia-o de cor. Nas palavras de uma testamunha de uma exibicao do mestre actor/comediante que Eca seguramente era, ele 'gostava de o declamar pausadamente, com inflexoes estudadas, que sublinhava e esclarecia, com um comentario, as passagens de mais apurada analise psicologica ou da mais subtil ironia.' (Lyra 199-200)

GENRE
Professional & Technical
RELEASED
2010
September 22
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
20
Pages
PUBLISHER
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Romance Languages
SIZE
194.5
KB

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