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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Joaquim Machado de Assis (1839 - 1908)

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The great 19th century Brazilian novelist Machado de Assis was descended from freed African slaves. Born in relative obscurity in Rio de Janeiro, his parents died when he was young. He made his way in life as a typesetter and later a civil servant, continuing in that career even after acheiving fame through his writings.

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