Oui, mais il faut parier fidelidade e dúvida no Memorial de Aires

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This article investigates the role played by Beethoven's Fidelio in Machado de Assis' Memorial de Aires. In this extraordinary novel, Counselor Aires avoids condemning a woman who, nevertheless, is put under suspicion by his treacherous diary. In the opera, Leonora hides nothing, because behind her mask there is nothing but loyalty to her imprisoned husband. Machado de Assis, however, begins his novel in a cemetery, where the beloved husband is buried. The main question that is left is: What to do if fidelity refers to an object, be it the beloved or a literary referent, that does not exist any longer?

Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)291-324
Number of pages34
JournalEstudos Avancados
Issue number64
StatePublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Beethoven
  • Literature and morality
  • Machado de assis
  • Opera
  • Referentiality
  • Suspicion


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