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The Alienist

(The Psychiatrist)
A novel by

A classic work of literature by "the greatest author ever produced in Latin America." (Susan Sontag)

Brilliant physician Simao Bacamarte sacrifices a prestigious career to return home and dedicate himself to the budding field of psychology. Bacamarte opens the first asylum in Brazil hoping to crown himself and his hometown with "imperishable laurels." But the doctor begins to see signs of insanity in more and more of his neighbors....

With dark humor and sparse prose, The Alienist lets the reader ponder who is really crazy.


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Used availability for Machado de Assis's The Alienist

Hardback Editions

May 1998 : USA Hardback

Title: The Alienist
Author(s): Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
ISBN: 0-910457-38-7 / 978-0-910457-38-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arion Press
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Paperback Editions

August 2012 : USA Paperback

Title: The Alienist (The Art of the Novella)
Author(s): Machado De Assis
ISBN: 1-61219-107-X / 978-1-61219-107-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Melville House
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Kindle Editions

September 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Alienist (The Art of the Novella)
Author(s): Machado De Assis
Publisher: Melville House
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