By Machado De Assis
Machado de Assis (1839-1908) is the nice Brazilian writer of thinker or puppy? and Epitaph of a Small Winner, whose paintings is popular by means of writers as assorted as Salman Rushdie, Carlos Fuentes, Woody Allen and Susan Sontag. Taken from his mature interval, those unbelievable tales echo Poe and Gogol, expect Joyce, and feature been in comparison to the writing of Chekhov, Maupassant and Henry James, but his smooth sensibility and clear-eyed humour stay totally special.
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Despite its overt theme of social protest, Nájera’s crónica also contains a profound and unsettling ethical reflection on his inner self and on his possible complicity, as a writer and intellectual, with the social evils he is denouncing. Nevertheless, the fact that this insight is reached by means of a dreamlike fantasy underscores the importance of the inner self to Nájera’s writing, however dubious the self ’s ethical position may be. ” Nevertheless, Martí’s crónicas are almost totally infused with his personal ideas about history, society, and culture.
MODERNISmo and journalism 25 journalism became the textual mouthpiece of modernity and one of its principal promoters. The crónicas, with their concern with the present, with the “here and now,” embodied for the modernistas the very essence of textual modernity. The crónica modernista is in fact the heir to a somewhat complicated genealogical tree whose roots are found in the essays of manners of Joseph Addison (1672–1719) and Richard Steele (1672–1729), as well as of French authors such as Jouy (Victor-Joseph Etienne, 1764–1846) and Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850), and Spanish authors such as Mariano José de Larra (1809–37), and whose branches extend to the aforementioned Parisian chronique, to the Peruvian Ricardo Palma’s (1833–1919) Tradiciones peruanas (Peruvian Traditions), and to the first crónicas by the Mexican Gutiérrez Nájera in 1875.
15 The word “everything” allows Martí, in the first paragraph, to summarize some of the major and minor events of that week in a series of rhetorical questions that fulfill the function of headlines: Everything was forgotten by new York in an instant. Did the Postmaster General die as much from illness as from sadness because his 15 José Martí, Letras fieras (Havana: Letras Cubanas, 1985), pp. 301, 302. MODERNISmo and journalism 35 own Republican party took away from him the job he won bit by bit, from the cap to the chair, to give it instead to a long-bearded votegetter who spends his time paying for rounds of beer and making friends with the neighborhood men?
A Chapter of Hats: Selected Stories by Machado De Assis