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Crime Gift (O dom do crime)



Original Language: Brazilian Portuguese | 160 pp. | 2010


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At the end of the 1860’s, the most important Brazilian novelist, Machado de Assis, is an editor at a daily in Rio de Janeiro. The murder of a woman and the trial of her killer touch, mark and shake deeply Rio society, the heart of the Brazilian empire. A passional crime: a husband believes his wife of many years sees another man, and with no proof, moved by pure jealousy, kills her. The horrendous act could have inspired Machado – as the narrator of Crime Gift believes with a strange obstinacy – to write his beautiful novel Dom Casmurro, a major classic in Brazilian literature. Written with great elegance and style, Crime Gift reveals a fine link between fiction and history, a novel and a literary essay. Awarded with the Machado de Assis Prize, from the Brazilian Academy of Letters, and the second prize of the Brasília Literature Award, this novel leads the reader around the streets of old fascinating 19th century Rio de Janeiro, where he – the reader – will try to solve a double mystery, about a possible extramarital affair and about literary genealogy.