2008-07-19 02:56:24 GMT 2008-07-19 10:56:24 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English
Machado de Assis
RIO DE JANEIRO, July 18 (Xinhua) -- A short story written by Brazil's most renowned writer Machado de Assis was found in Rio after being presumed lost for over a hundred years, local daily O Globo reported Friday.
Researcher Mauro Rosso found the short story, titled Um para o outro (One to the other), among old documents in the Casa de Rui Barbosa Foundation, an institution dedicated to the preservation of Brazil's literary production.
The recovered story will be published in Rosso's book on Machado de Assis and also in a new edition of the author's complete works.
Brazil has celebrated this year the 100th anniversary of Machado's death.
First published in 1879, Um para o outro depicts the relationship between a brother and sister. In 1965, only three of its chapters were published in a book about Machado, as the other seven were believed to have been lost.
Rosso, a retired journalist and editor, found the complete story in a box that contained Machado's biographer Galante de Souzas's belongings in September 2007 after six years of research.
"I could not sleep that day. I was very excited," he said, noting that Machado de Assis is considered by many one of the greatest novelists and short story writers of all times.