Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839-1908) was the greatest writer ever to come from Brazil and one of the masters of nineteenth-century fiction. Susan Sontag calls him “the greatest writer ever produced in Latin America”, surpassing even Borges. Harold Bloom says that Machado is “the supreme black literary artist to date”. And Allen Ginsburg calls him “another Kafka”. And The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas is his masterpiece, a dazzling, tragic, and profound novel that belongs next to the greatest works of his contemporaries Melville and Dostoevsky. Lexicos is proud to present Machado’s supreme achievement in this gorgeous new translation by Neil McArthur.