If you love Brazil’s history, literature and culture, but don’t read in Portuguese, you should visit the web page of the publisher New London Librarium. You will find interesting titles in English.

One of them is “Miss Dolar – Stories by Machado de Assis”. Machado de Assis is considered one of the greatest writers in Western history. He has been compared to Shakespeare, Dickens, Kafka, Voltaire, Flaubert, among others. The Miss Dollar collection presents 10 short stories never before translated into English. They represent Machado’s earlier work and his transition into his more sophisticated work of the earlier 1880’s. Though relatively simple, at times even silly, they are surprising in their subtle revelations of modernism, feminism, and the evolution of Brazil’s rigid socio-economic class structure as it moved from an imperial to a republican government.

Also from Machado de Assis, the publisher has “Ex Cathedra”, a collection of 21 new translations of short stories. Most have never appeared in English. The history of Brazil is highlighted by the publisher in the tile “Quilombo dos Palmares: Brazil’s Lost Nation of Fugitive Slaves.” Over the span of the 17th century, the Quilombo dos Palmares, a sprawling nation of fugitive slaves in northeast Brazil, fought off the world’s largest empires. With an egalitarian society and rudimentary parliamentary government, the quality of life in Palmares rivaled that of European society. The last king of Palmares is believed to have been an educated descendent of slaves. He became famous as Zumbi – the Lord of War.

You can see other titles at www.NLLibrarium.com/brazil