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 afterand is lusted after bybudding 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.
|Publisher:||New Directions Publishing Corporation|
|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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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!!!!