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The City and the Mountains

The City and the Mountains

by Eca de Queiros
     
 

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Eça de Queirós's novel is a hymn to country life: The City and The Mountains satirizes the emptiness of city life and of modernity itself. Wonderfully funny, it bubbles with joie de vivre.Born in Paris, Jacinto is the heir to a vast estate in Portugal which he has never visited. He mixes with the creme de la creme of Paris society, but is

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Eça de Queirós's novel is a hymn to country life: The City and The Mountains satirizes the emptiness of city life and of modernity itself. Wonderfully funny, it bubbles with joie de vivre.Born in Paris, Jacinto is the heir to a vast estate in Portugal which he has never visited. He mixes with the creme de la creme of Paris society, but is monumentally bored. And then he receives a letter from his estate manager saying that they plan to move the bones of his ancestors to the newly renovated chapel—would he like to be there? With great trepidation, Jacinto sets off with his best friend, the narrator, on the mammoth train journey through France and Spain to Portugal. What they discover in the simple country life will upend their own lives deliciously....Newly translated by the acclaimed translator Margaret Jull Costa, New Directions is proud to publish The City and The Mountains, and to once again bring Eça de Queirós' brilliant prose to life.

Editorial Reviews

Alan Riding
“Portugal's Flaubert.”
Jose Saramago
“Portugal's greatest novelist.”
Steven G. Kellman - Review of Contemporary Fiction
“Costa's translation…moves between scathing satire of fashionable, privileged indolence, and endearing pastoral fantasy.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781903517710
Publisher:
Dedalus Press, The
Publication date:
04/28/2009

Meet the Author

One of the leading intellectuals of the "Generation of 1870," José Maria de Eça de Queirós
(1845-1900) wrote twenty books, founded literary reviews, and for most of his life also worked as a diplomat, in Havana, London, and Paris.

Margaret Jull Costa is an award-winning translator of Portuguese and Spanish literature. She lives in the United Kingdom.

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