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 Jos Saramago's Blindness), New Directions is proud to bring E a de Queir s' brilliant prose to life for American readers for the first time.

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This great saga (1888) by Portugal's greatest realistic writer has never gotten its due in the English-speaking world, which is ironic since much of it was written while its author served in the ... Read full review

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a friend keeps recommending jose saramago to me. i don't think i'm smart enough for saramago but saramago calls this dude portugal's greatest novelist - so i think it's a worthy replacement for ... 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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