Two events on Machado de Assis in the US

1. Panel Discussion: Machado and His Times, Monday, September
15, Americas Society, New York City


Panel discussion (in English)

Machado and His Times

Monday, September 15, 7 PM

Join us for a panel discussion on the great Brazilian writer
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839-1908), long recognized as
one of Brazil's most important and influential literary figures.
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis wrote nine novels, eight short-
story collections, four volumes of poetry, 13 plays, and numerous
critical essays. He is best known for his novels Memórias
Póstumas de Brás Cubas and Dom Casmurro, both of which have been
masterfully translated by Gregory Rabassa. The panel will include
specialists and aficionados of Machado's work, including Jussara
Menezes Quadros (Princeton), Barbara Weinstein (New York
University), and Michael Wood (Princeton). Together they will
discuss the life and legacy of the man Susan Sontag once referred
to as "the greatest author ever produced in Latin America." Lidia
Santos (The Graduate Center, CUNY) will moderate the discussion.
H. E. José Alfredo Graça Lima, Consul General of Brazil in New
York, will introduce the discussion. This program is presented as
part of the Machado 21: a Centennial Celebration festival, which
celebrates Machado's contribution to world literature and his
relevance today.

The Machado 21 collaborating institutions are: the Americas
Society, the Consulate General of Brazil in New York, the
Brazilian Endowment for the Arts, the Graduate Center, CUNY, and
the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

For further information about the Machado 21 festival, visit
web.gc.cuny.edu/hispanic/machado21 and www.filmlinc.com.

Reservations are required.
Please email
or call (212) 277 8359, ext. 1

Americas Society gratefully acknowledges the following donors for
their generous support of the Literature program: Honorary
Benefactor Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat; The Reed Foundation; New
York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs; and Quebec Government Office in
New York. Additional in-kind support has been provided by:
InterAmericas®-Society of Arts and Letters of the Americas; and
Blue Metropolis Foundation.

2. Machado 21: A Centennial Celebration, September 15-19,
Manhattan, New York and New Haven, Connecticut



celebrating the work of Brazil's greatest novelist

September 15th to 19th 2008
Where: Manhattan, NY and New Haven, CT

General description of the event

Machado 21: A Centennial Celebration is a festival composed of
academic panels, a book exhibition, a symposium, a concert and
film screenings. For one week, these academic and cultural
offerings will be spread throughout Manhattan and New Haven
honoring the centennial of the death of Brazilian writer Machado
de Assis, considered by Susan Sontag “the greatest author ever
produced in Latin America.” Harold Bloom titled him a genius and
Michael Wood affirmed that he was “undoubtedly a master.” Besides
his national and international stature as Brazil’s foremost
novelist, Machado will also be analyzed for his contributions to
the genre of the novel, for his mordant socio-political criticism
of Brazilian society and for his deft perception of the human
condition. The pervasive popularity of his work will be shown
through adaptations of his work for cinema and other forms of
performances. Polemic issues about his work, such as his
infrequent references to slavery, while himself a descendent of
slaves, will also be discussed by the specialists brought
together by festival organizers.

More information www.machado21.com
Contact us: machado21@gc.cuny.edu

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