From world-renowned Brazilian writer Chico Buarque comes a stylish, imaginative tale of love and loss. Spilt Milk is the story told by hundred-year-old Eul?lio d?Assump o as he lies on his deathbed, rambling to his nurses and visitors through a haze of morphine and memory. Ribald, hectoring, and occasionally delusional, Eul?lio jumps through time and space, melding history and fantasy to unravel the story of his family, his heritage, and a changing nation. He begins by retracing his youth as the son of a conservative Brazilian senator and wealthy coffee exporter. Proud of his noble heritage ? and eager to recount it for anyone within earshot ? he recalls trips to Europe with his father, who introduces him to cocaine, sex, and a disciplinary whip that has been passed down through four generations of military men. At his father's funeral, the teenage Eul?lio falls powerfully in love with a dark-skinned choir girl named Matilde. His memory floods with exquisite detail as he recalls their furtive after-school courtship and the late-night rendezvous that led to their unlikely marriage. But the birth of their daughter marks a moment of crisis for the Assump o line, and Eul?lio struggles to understand why the love of his life seems to be withdrawing from him. In Spilt Milk, Buarque conjures an evocative portrait of a man's life, his loves, and the chaos of memory, all set against two hundred years of Brazil's turbulent history.