Dom Casmurro is an 1899 novel written by Brazilian author Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, a master of Latin American literature. The novel, widely regarded as a masterpiece of realist literature, is written as a fictional memoir by a distrusting, jealous husband. The narrator, however, is not a reliable conveyor of the story as it is a dark comedy. "Dom Casmurro is a novel written in the form of the intimate memoirs of an old lawyer, known as "Grumpy", a nickname which gives the book its title. He was not always the disillusioned cynic he now appears. Once he was an eager child thrilled at the joy of riding in a chaise, or engrossed in games of make-believe with the little girl next door; once he was an enthusiastic undergraduate, once a lover newly wed, proud of his wife's beauty and jealous of her charms. That was before he even suspected the secret that was to rob him of all happiness."
The chipped dustjacket is in fair condition with some tears, creases and scuffing as well as tanning. Underneath, the blue cloth boards of the hardback have some rubbing to the edges. The pages are yellowed with age, and have a few pencil marks. This copy is in the English language.