Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant, by Manuel Antonio de Almeida,

Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant, by Manuel Antonio de Almeida,

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"A rediscovered gem: both a historically important work and a terrific entertainment." -Kirkus Reviews

Recognized as a turning point in Brazilian literature, this entertaining novel of urban manners follows the ne'er-do-well Leonardo through his various romantic liaisons and frequent scrapes with the law. Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant comprises a series of humorous vignettes held together by the adventures and misfortunes of this young rogue—who matures from a handful of a toddler into a ruffian of a boy and an idler of a young man—and his father, also named Leonardo.

De Almeida tells a story in everyday language that is rich in detail of life on the streets and the modest circumstances of the free poor of Rio de Janeiro.