When Machado de Assis died on September 29th, 1908 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he was already a widely acclaimed writer. The first president of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, he left behind nine novels, several considered among the greatest masterpieces of the Portuguese language. Since his death, his fame has steadily increased; Susan Sontag has called him the greatest Latin American author ever. Lia Schwartz, CUNY Professor, makes opening remarks, followed by readings of Machado de Assis’ texts. Professor Nelson Vieira, of Brown University delivers the keynote address. This event was held at the CUNY Graduate Center, as part of a citywide centennial on de Assis.
Posted: September 17th, 2008
Machado 21: A Centennial Celebration