Machado de Assis at the Rio Olympics

Lauren Groff

Winter 2017

I flew to Rio de Janeiro on a red-eye, having shared my brain all night with the writer Joachim Maria Machado de Assis, whose novel Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas (better known in English as Epitaph of a Small Winner) I’d read between snoozes. I was in Brazil to cheer on my sister, Sarah, competing in the Olympic Games in triathlon.

Lauren Groff is the author of four books, including Fates and Furies. 

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