The Relic

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Dedalus, 1994 - Fiction - 281 pages
Teodorico Raposo, the novel's lascivious anti-hero is a master of deceit; one minute feigning devotion in front of his rich, pious aunt, in order to inherit her money, the next indulging in debauchery. Spurred on by the desire to please his aunt, and in order to get away from his unfaithful mistress, he embarks on a journey to the Holy Land in search of a holy relic. The resulting fiasco is a masterpiece of comic irony as religious bigotry and personal greed are mercilessly ridiculed.

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This books started out as an amusing portrait of a religious hypocrite, but then ran into some problems. There was an extended dream sequence where the narrator finds himself in Jerusalem during the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Miguelnunonave - LibraryThing

A funny little book by one of Portugal's greatest 19th century writers. One of his least-known, though it's a gem. Very good satire about a hypocritical nephew and his over-religious fanatic old aunt ... Read full review


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About the author (1994)

Eca de Queiroz was born in 1845 in Portugal. He studied law, was editor of a provincial newspaper, and had a diplomatic career. He was appointed Portugese consul to Havana, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Bristol, and Paris, where he served until his death in 1900.

Margaret Jull Costa has translated into the English more than 35 books, including Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago's "All the Names" & "The Tale of the Unknown Island", Antonio Perez Reverte's "The Flander's Panel", Fernando Pessoa's Book of Disquiet" & Luisa Valenzuela's "Bedside Manners". She lives in London.

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