Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk

Chico Buarque


From world-renowned Brazilian author Chico Buarque comes a classy, innovative story of affection, loss, and longing, performed out throughout a number of generations of 1 Brazilian kin. instantly jubilant and painfully nostalgic, playful and devastatingly pressing, Spilt Milk cements Chico Buarque’s popularity as a masterful storyteller.

As Eulálio Assumpção lies demise in a Brazilian public sanatorium, his daughter and the attending nurses are treated—whether they prefer it or not—to his final, rambling monologue. Ribald, hectoring, and infrequently delusional, Eulálio displays on his previous, current, and future—on his privileged, plantation-owning relations; his father’s philandering with attractive French whores; his personal half-hearted profession as a guns broker; the eventual decline of the kinfolk fortune; and his passionate courtship of the spouse who might later abandon him. As Eulálio wanders the sinuous twists and turns of his personal fragmented thoughts, Buarque inspires a brilliantly evocative portrait of a man’s lifestyles and love, set within the wide sweep of vibrant Brazilian history.

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