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Author: Chico Buarque Narrator: Buck Schirner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781455898152
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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 Eulálio d’Assumpção as he lies on his deathbed, rambling to his nurses and visitors through a haze of morphine and memory. Ribald, hectoring, and occasionally delusional, Eulálio 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 Eulálio 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 Assumpção line, and Eulálio 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Buarque confronts the themes that make Brazil squirm, from the stain of slavery to the inferiority complex the country has historically felt when it compares itself to Europe.”

    New York Times

  • “What’s most remarkable about the book, though, is not that it somehow manages to internalize more than 100 years of Brazilian history but, rather, the way it also exists almost outside of history, outside of time.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “We find we are in the hands of a master storyteller. It becomes clear why this novel won major literary prizes when first published in Brazil.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Lovely details and a fine sense of place.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alejo | 2/11/2014

    " Cronica del Brasil, ambiciosa pero bien realizada. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/19/2013

    " The man has a way with words-beautifully written and moving-I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivan | 11/15/2013

    " Ik denk dat ik er binnenkort nog wel eens een sterretje bij zou kunnen doen...Een aanrader voor alle liefhebbers van Latijns-Amerikaanse literatuur. Intrigerend, nostalgisch en vol rake psychologische bespiegelingen, stijl Machado de Assis. Net zoals zijn vorige romans "Onrust" en "Boedapest". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Flávio | 10/29/2013

    " Chatooooooo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fabio | 10/13/2013

    " chico shows dreams, memories and mistakes of a person on his deathbed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ricardosaboia | 9/29/2013

    " atormentado por um sobrenome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francisco | 8/25/2013

    " Interesting idea, but it lacks development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reginacm | 12/9/2012

    " Um livro sobre os erros cometidos pela vida, narrados no leite de morte. Pungente. "

About the Author

Chico Buarque is a two-time winner of the Prêmio Jabuti, Brazil’s most prestigious literary award. He has written acclaimed novels, plays, and poetry, and is a legendary figure in Latin American music. He lives in Rio de Janeiro.

About the Narrator

Buck Schirner’s professional career has primarily been on stage as a character actor. He is currently active in the theater scene in Philadelphia. Buck also appears in the independent film In the Woods.