From world-renowned Brazilian writer Chico Buarque comes a stylish, imaginative tale of love, loss, and longing, played out across multiple generations of one Brazilian family. At once jubilant and painfully nostalgic, playful and devastatingly urgent, "Spilt Milk" cements Chico Buarque's reputation as a masterful storyteller.
As Eulalio Assumpcao lies dying in a Brazilian public hospital, his daughter and the attending nurses are treatedwhether they like it or notto his last, rambling monologue. Ribald, hectoring, and occasionally delusional, Eulalio reflects on his past, present, and futureon his privileged, plantation-owning family; his father's philandering with beautiful French whores; his own half-hearted career as a weapons dealer; the eventual decline of the family fortune; and his passionate courtship of the wife who would later abandon him. As Eulalio wanders the sinuous twists and turns of his own fragmented memories, Buarque conjures up a brilliantly evocative portrait of a man's life and love, set in the broad sweep of vivid Brazilian history.
About the Author
A two-time winner of the Premio Jabuti, Brazil's most prestigious literary award, Buarque has written acclaimed novels, plays, and poetry, and is a legendary figure in Latin American music. He lives in Rio de Janeiro.