Original title: O Mulato (1881)
Author: Aluísio Azevedo
Translator: Murray Graeme Macnicoll
In 1881, Brazilian Aluisio Azevedo published Mulatto, a scathing expose of his native city, Sao Luis do Maranhao. Polemic as well as love story, it brought him much notoriety and is generally considered the first Brazilian naturalist novel. Set before the abolition of slavery and the establishment of the first republic, Mulatto tells the story of Raimundo, a young Brazilian of liberal ideas. Kept in ignorance of the identity of his mother and the secret of his mixed birth, Raimundo is educated in Europe and, upon returning to Brazil, struggles against the provincial and bigoted society he encounters. Mulatto reveals its author’s opposition to both the clergy, whose corruption and influence he denounced, and the racist agrarian society still dependent upon slavery.
Paperback: 298 pages Publisher: University of Texas Press (September 1993) Translator: Murray Graeme Macnicoll ISBN-10: 0292704380 ISBN-13: 978-0292704381 Click here to buy this book
Hardcover: 298 pages Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (1994-03-01) Translator: Murray Graeme Macnicoll ISBN 10: 0838633803 ISBN 13: 9780838633809 Click here to buy this book