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Spilt Milk

Chico Buarque

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In this visceral account of loss, memory, and longing from Brazilian musician, poet, dramatist, and activist Chico Buarque, centenarian Eulalio Assumpcao has reached the end of his long life. From his bed in a Rio public hospital, as his mind falters, Assumpcao grandly recounts his past to his nurses, his visiting daughter, and the whitewashed ceiling. It seems to be nothing more than the ramblings of a dying man, yet as he overlaps each confused memory, they begin to coalesce into a brilliant and bitter eulogy for himself and for Brazil.

"Try to imagine that Bob Dylan and Ian McEwan were the same person. That's Buarque."—Sunday Times (London)

"Spilt Milk confirms Buarque as one of the most remarkable contemporary authors.... It is one of the outstanding Brazilian novels of our time."—Financial Times (London)

"I read Spilt Milk in a single night, awed and deeply moved. Buarque has breathed the story of a whole country into a single, unforgettable man with a soul as big as Brazil. But he's also written one of the saddest love stories, and one of the truest."—Nicole Krauss