The Crime of Father Amaro

The Crime of Father Amaro

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The Crime of Father Amaro by Eca de Queiros

An unflinching portrait of a priest who seduces his landlady's daughter, made into an acclaimed and controversial motion picture.
Eça de Queirós's novel The Crime of Father Amaro is a lurid satire of clerical corruption in a town in Portugal (Leira) during the period before and after the 1871 Paris Commune. At the start, a priest physically explodes after a fish supper while guests at a birthday celebration are "wildly dancing a polka." Young Father Amaro (whose name means "bitter" in Portuguese) arrives in Leira and soon lusts after—and is lusted after by—budding Amelia, dewy-lipped, devout daughter of Sao Joaneira who has taken in Father Amaro as a lodger. What ensues is a secret love affair amidst a host of compelling minor characters: Canon Dias, glutton and Sao Joaneira's lover; Dona Maria da Assuncao, a wealthy widow with a roomful of religious images, agog at any hint of sex; Joao Eduardo, repressed atheist, free-thinker and suitor to Amelia; Father Brito, "the strongest and most stupid priest in the diocese;" the administrator of the municipal council who spies at a neighbor's wife through binoculars for hours every day. Eça's incisive critique flies like a shattering mirror, jabbing everything from the hypocrisy of a rich and powerful Church, to the provincialism of men and women in Portuguese society of the time, to the ineptness of politics or science as antidotes to the town's ills. What lurks within Eça's narrative is a religion of tolerance, wisdom, and equality nearly forgotten. Margaret Jull Costa has rendered an exquisite translation and provides an informative introduction to a story that truly spans all ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811215329
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 04/19/2003
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 650,140
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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 the award-winning translator of works by Eça de Quieros, Javier Marías, and José Saramago.

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The Crime of Father Amaro 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was so amazing it was so romantic,suspenseful,and tragic all at the same time.I haven't read the book yet but i hope when i read it i will learn more about the love that the priest and the young girl shared.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so well written.The forbidden love between a priest and a young girl that turns into an affair and leads to a child and into a tragedy.This is such a good book once you start reading it you cant put it down.The movie was okay but the book is soo much better.This is a Must Read!!!!