The Tragedy of the Street of Flowers
The Tragedy of the Street of Flowers was discovered amongst the author's papers after his death, and was only published in Portugal in 1980. This is the first English translation, and its publication is timed to coincide with the centenary of Eca's death.
One night at the theatre, Vitor da Silva, a young law graduate, sees a strikingly beautiful woman: Genoveva de Molineux. She claims to have been born in Madeira and to have lived for many years in Paris. The truth about her past gradually begins to surface, as does the terrible secret that lies behind the overwhelming mutual attraction between her and Vitor. Eca brilliantly dissects a world in which only surface counts, providing the reader with a vivid and gripping portrayal of a society and class consumed by hypocrisy, greed and materialism.
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Review: The Tragedy of the Street of FlowersUser Review - Tadzio Koelb - Goodreads
From my review in the Guardian: "Even as a literary curiosity, The Tragedy of the Street of Flowers is a fascinating visit to a period with a very different approach to morality, both more structured ... Read full review
Review: The Tragedy of the Street of FlowersUser Review - Maria Carmo - Goodreads
Set at the heart of Lisbon (one can still walk down the street and try to imagine what it must have been like in Eça' s time) this novel brings with it the sounds and pictures of an European capital ... Read full review