The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas

Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas / The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas

The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas is an animation showing the social network formed by the characters in the Machado de Assis‘s nineteenth-century Brazilian novel. This visualization is part of a larger research project on social networks in Brazilian literature led by Zephyr Frank at Stanford University’s Spatial History Project.

In this narrated visualization, the characters in Machado de Assis’s masterpiece are presented in the space of social networks and, at the same time, in the space of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Music and photographs combine with maps and network diagrams to illuminate the space of the novel.