The Yellow Sofa

The Yellow Sofa

by Jose Maria de Eca de Queiros, John Vetch (Translator)

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Overview

A compassionate tale of marriage, manners, and betrayal, from the Portuguese master


José Maria Eça de Queirós, the first great modern Portuguese novelist, wrote The Yellow Sofa with (in his own words) “no digressions, no rhetoric,” creating a book where “everything is interesting and dramatic and quickly narrated.” The story, a terse and seamless spoof of Victorian bourgeois morals, concerns a successful businessman who returns home to find his wife “on the yellow damask sofa, leaning in abandon on the shoulder of a man.” The man is none other than his best friend and business partner. While struggling with the need to defend his honor, he fights a stronger inner desire for domestic tranquility and forgiveness. The Yellow Sofa firmly establishes Eça de Queirós in the literary pantheon that includes Dickens, Flaubert, Balzac, and Tolstoy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811222181
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 04/18/2016
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 998,529
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(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.

John Vetch has translated Eça de Queirós’s The Yellow Sofa and To the Capital.

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