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From one of Brazil’s most beloved figures and the prize-winning author of the acclaimed novel Budapest, Spilt Milk is an arresting story of love lost, fortunes squandered, and a family in decline, seamlessly interwoven with several generations of Brazilian history.
978-0-8021-2200-1 • $15.00 • Paperback • Dec. 2013
“Chico Buarque is at the forefront of a new wave of writing that should make you rethink everything you thought you knew about South American literature. Buarque may be a popular singer, but he's also the real deal, a genuine novelist. When I finished reading his last novel, Budapest, my face ached from smiling at its ingenuity, its audacity, its freshness, its line-by-line effulgence, its irresistible narrative momentum.” Jonathan Franzen
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 Buarque’s reputation as a masterful storyteller.
As Eulálio Assumpção lies dying in a Brazilian public hospital, his daughter and the attending nurses are treatedwhether they like it or notto his last, rambling monologue. Ribald, hectoring, and occasionally delusional, Eulálio reflects on his past, present, and futureon 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.