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Esaú e Jacó

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Esaú e Jacó is a brilliant novel that explores the complex relationship between two brothers, Pedro and Paulo, who are complete opposites in both personality and beliefs. Set in Rio de Janeiro during the end of the nineteenth century, the story follows the brothers as they navigate their conflicting worldviews and political ideologies in the midst of a changing societal landscape.

Machado de Assis weaves a masterful tale filled with intricate character dynamics and thought-provoking commentary on themes such as politics, family, and identity. The novel’s richly developed characters and its exploration of the brothers’ inner conflicts make for a compelling and engaging read.

Furthermore, Machado de Assis’s writing style is elegant and sophisticated, with a clever use of irony and wit that adds depth to the narrative. The author’s sharp observations and satirical take on the society of his time bring a unique flavor to the story, making it a standout work in Brazilian literature.

Overall, Esaú e Jacó is a captivating novel that delves into the complexities of familial relationships and the societal dynamics of its time. Machado de Assis’s insightful storytelling and nuanced character development make this novel a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the intricacies of human behavior and the dynamics of family relationships.

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Esaú e Jacó é o penúltimo livro de Machado de Assis, lançado em 1904. No título do livro, o autor remete à contrariedade entre os irmãos Esaú e Jacó da narrativa bíblica, para servir de paralelo à história de vida dos irmãos Pedro e Paulo, filhos da alta burguesia carioca, que vivem a passagem do Brasil império para o Brasil república: Paulo se põe do lado dos republicanos, Pedro dos monarquistas. A contraposição de temperamento dos dois irmãos, assim como os constantes debates de opiniões por eles travados durante a narrativa, permitiu a Machado de Assis construir magistralmente um complexo quadro das contradições e conflitos ideológicos em jogo no Brasil pós-Independência.

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