by de Andrade, Mario (translated by Margaret Richardson Hollingsworth)
New York: The Macaulay Company. Very Good+ in Very Good dj. (c.1933). First American Edition. Hardcover. [light shelfwear to bottom edge, a bit of dust-soiling and light spotting to top of text block, minor staining to endpapers (mostly in gutters); jacket a bit edgeworn, spine faded (but still fully readable), tiny chip at top rear hinge, short closed tear and associated horizontal crease at top of front panel]. The first appearance in English of any work by this major Brazilian modernist poet/novelist/critic. His first novel, published in 1927, it was largely conceived as a formal experiment, an attempt to adapt the same speech-patterned technique he had developed in his poetry to the writing of prose; the technique found full flower in his next novel, "Macunaima," regarded as a groundbreaking work in Brazilian literature. The original Portuguese title of this book was "Amar, Verbo Intranzitivo" ("Love, Intransitive Verb") -- but before you go trying to figure out what "fräulein" means in Portuguese, let me point out that the novel's plot concerns "the blonde-haired German governess in a wealthy Brazilian family [who] ostensibly teaches language and music to the children," but has actually been hired by the father to initiate his son into "the beauties of love" in order to protect him from the "disease and sordidness of brothels." And fess up, now -- you thought it was just another trashy Macaulay novel, didn't ya? . (Inventory #: 20476)
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