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Machado de AssisA Literary Life$
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K. David Jackson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300180824

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300180824.001.0001

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The Love-Death Theme of Counselor Ayres

The Love-Death Theme of Counselor Ayres

(p.258) Fourteen The Love-Death Theme of Counselor Ayres
Machado de Assis

K. David Jackson

Yale University Press

Machado’s final failed narrator-character-author is José da Costa Marcondes Ayres, Counselor Ayres, a diplomat who spent his entire professional life of thirty years representing Brazil abroad before returning to Rio de Janeiro to live out his remaining days. Ayres is the reputed author of Machado’s last two works, which represent his most advanced stage of interplay between fiction and reality and between language and meaning. Ayres’s novel and memoirs are dramatic allegories that, like Machado’s earlier novels, encompass a variety of genres and arts, from the diary and novel to mythology, theater, and opera.

Keywords:   memoir, allegory, diary, romance, vignette, allusion, opera, Faust, spirit, fate

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