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Cousin Bazilio
     

Cousin Bazilio

by Eca de Queiros, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)
 

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Cousin Bazilio is a tale of sexual folly and hypocrisy and vividly depicts life in nineteenth-century lisbon. Eca gives us a whole gallery of characters from Bazilio, the suave villain to Jorge, the smugly uxorious husband, from Luiza, the bored empty-headed wife to Juliana, the plain, ailing maidservant desperate, by whatever means, to grab some of life's little

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Cousin Bazilio is a tale of sexual folly and hypocrisy and vividly depicts life in nineteenth-century lisbon. Eca gives us a whole gallery of characters from Bazilio, the suave villain to Jorge, the smugly uxorious husband, from Luiza, the bored empty-headed wife to Juliana, the plain, ailing maidservant desperate, by whatever means, to grab some of life's little luxuries, from Leopoldina, nicknamed' the Ever-Open Door', to Joana the cook and her affair with the tubercular carpenter who lives opposite, and the voluminous Dona Felidade who nurses an entirely unrequited passion for the unbearably pompous Acacio, who lives in concubinage with his much younger housekeeper, who is also having an affair...

'Adultery, blackmail, sentimentality and lust all come under Eca’s scrutiny. Sins are scattered amid a gallery of vivid characters, central of which are the adulterous heroine, her first love, the cuckolded husband, and most importantly, the maid. This cunning portrayal of life below stairs casts a cold eye across the hypocrisy of 'respectability,' recreating the sultry summer heat of Lisbon and the tensions and passions underlying both the refinements of the wealthy and the loyalty of the servants. Sheer brilliance.' The Good Book Guide

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'As translated by Jull Costa, de Queiroz' language is capable of glowing softly as well as casting a glaring light.It brings a sparkling, brilliant clarity and unrelenting sense of social absurdity that makes it essentially youthful.'

Barbara Strickland in The Austin Chronicle

'The tale rips along at a pace that could outdo any modern soap, while the social realist side of de Queiroz shows up the hypocritical limitations laid down by society, particularly on female morality. A classic then, but distinctly alternative in every way.'

The Scotsman

For a book originally published in 1878,Cousin Bazilio is astonishingly modern. It reeks of petty jealousies, middle-class ennui and of smouldering, repressed sexuality.There's even one bit where nasty old Juliana is sniffing Luisa's underwear to see if she's been putting it about.'

Venue Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781910213377
Publisher:
Daedalus Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/30/2016
Series:
Dedalus European Classics Series
Pages:
439
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Ecade Queiroz(1845-1900) is considered to be Portugal's greatest ever novelist.

The greatest and most acclaimed translator of Portuguese literature into English

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