Widely considered the greatest work by the foremost Brazilian
author of the twentieth century, The Double Death of Quincas
Water-Bray comes to Penguin Classics in a new translation by the
dean of Portuguese-language translators, Gregory Rabassa. It tells
the story of Joaquim Soares da Cunha, who drops dead after he
abandons his life of upstanding citizenship to assume the identity
of Quincas Water-Bray, a "champion drunk" and bum who is whisked
along on a postmortem journey that climaxes in his loss at sea.