The Maias: Episodes from Romantic Life

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New Directions Publishing, 2007 - Fiction - 628 pages
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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 fate—with 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.

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The story of a wealthy young man, Carlos Maia, brought up by his benevolent grandfather Afonso in late 19th century Lisbon. How this comes to be fills the start of the story. Then Carlos graduates ... Read full review

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The Maias is a beautifully written account of a friendship between two dissimilar men and of a doomed love affair, set in Lisbon in the immensely rich and priviliged world of the nineteenth century ... Read full review

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Margaret Jull Costa is the award-winning translator of works by E a de Quieros, Javier Mar as, and Jos Saramago.

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