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Spilt Milk

Buarque, Chico

| 2012

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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 Eulalio d Assumpcao as he lies on his deathbed, rambling to his nurses and visitors through a haze of morphine and memory. Ribald, hectoring, and occasionally delusional, Eulalio 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 Eulalio falls powerfully in love with a dark-skinned...

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