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The mixed-race grandson of ex-slaves, Machado de Assis is not only Brazil’s most celebrated writer but also a writer of world stature. In his masterpiece, the ghost of a decadent and disagreeable aristocrat decides to write his memoir.

A groundbreaking, passionate, and subtle story of first love, Olivia–based loosely on the author’s own life–was first published in 1949 under a pseudonym. It tells the story of Olivia, a sixteen-year-old girl who finds herself falling under the spell of her beautiful and charismatic teacher, Mademoiselle Julie.

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