The Double Death of Quincas Water-Bray by Jorge Amado
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The great Brazilian novelist's comic masterpiece—published in a new translation for the centennial of Jorge Amado's birth


Here is the story of Joaquim Soares da Cunha, a Falstaff-like character who abandons his life of upstanding citizenship to assume the identity of Quincas Water-Bray, king of the Bahia lowlife and a "champion drunk." After a decade of revelry among bums, pimps, and prostitutes, he drops dead, and his prim family gathers for a proper burial. But when Quincas's unsavory friends show up with a bottle of rum, they whisk him along on a postmortem journey to enjoy one last party—his own wake.


 

About Jorge Amado

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JORGE AMADO (1912–2001) was born in the state of Bahia, Brazil, whose society he portrays in such acclaimed novels as Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon and Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands. GREGORY RABASSA is a National Book Award–winning translator whose English-language versions of works by Julio CortÁzar, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Gabriel GarcÍa MÁrquez have become classics in their own right. He lives in New York City. RIVKA GALCHEN is one of the New Yorker's “20 Under 40” fiction writers and the author of the award-winning novel Atmospheric Disturbances. A contributing editor at Harper's Magazine, she lives in New York City.
 
Published August 28, 2012 by Penguin Classic. 92 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jorge Amado's sensuous, funny, intelligent novels range across boundaries of class, race and gender.

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