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Set in Lisbon at the close of the nineteenth century, The Maias is both a coming-of-age novel and a passionate romance.
Our hero Carlos Maia, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Portugal, is rich, handsome, generous and intelligent: he means to do something for his country, something useful, something that will make his beloved grandfather proud. However, Carlos is also a bit of a dilettante. He drifts along, becoming a doctor and pottering about in his laboratory, but spends more and more time riding his splendid horses or visiting the theater, having affairs or reading novels. His best friend and chief partner in crime, Ega, is likewise engaged in a long summertime of witticisms and pleasure. Carlos however is set on a dead reckoning course with fatewith the love of his life and with a terrible, terrible secret...
Newly translated by the acclaimed translator Margaret Jull Costa (translator of José Saramago's Blindness), New Directions is proud to bring Eça de Queirós' brilliant prose to life for American readers for the first time.
|Publisher:||New Directions Publishing Corporation|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)|
About the Author
(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
This family saga by Portugal's greatest 19th-century novelist will tell you everything you needed to know about Portugal in the latter part of the century. Perhaps the intimate details of literary, philosophical, and political currents will be more than a lot of readers need to know, but this is a brilliant portrait of a colonial power on the cusp of decline, as well as a whacking good yearn in the old tradition.