Spilt Milk by Chico Buarque

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...lyrical tales of regret and failing remembrance that highlight Mr. Buarque’s gift for narrative and the telling detail.
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From world-renowned Brazilian writer Chico Buarque comes a stylish, imaginative tale of love, loss, and longing, played out across multiple generations of one Brazilian family. At once jubilant and painfully nostalgic, playful and devastatingly urgent, Spilt Milk cements Chico Buarque’s reputation as a masterful storyteller.

As Eulálio Assumpção 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, Eulálio 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 Eulálio 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.
 

About Chico Buarque

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Born in Rio de Janeiro, where he still lives, Chico Buarque is a world-renowned singer and composer. Exiled briefly in Italy during the period of political repression in the late sixties, he has written hundreds of songs-love songs, subversive songs, songs of the people-as well as plays and poetry. His novels Turbulence and Benjamin have been translated into many languages.
 
Published December 4, 2012 by Grove Press. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Larry Rohter on Dec 23 2012

...lyrical tales of regret and failing remembrance that highlight Mr. Buarque’s gift for narrative and the telling detail.

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Reviewed by Alfred Hickling on May 17 2013

The recollections tumble out in no particular order...but create an impression of a proud dynasty brought low by successive military governments and a taste for debauchery

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