Machado de Assis

is really great

“I pressed my silent grief to my breast and experienced a curious feeling, something that might be called the voluptuousness of misery. Voluptuousness of misery. Memorize this phrase, reader; store it away, take it out and study it from time to time, and, if you do not succeed in understanding it, you may conclude that you have missed one of the most subtle emotions of which man is capable.”

Rly enjoyed Epitaph for a Small Winner–maybe I’ll write something more instructive about it soon, when I’m on fewer “real” deadlines. Until then, I recommend it.

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