The Crime of Father Amaro Best Read || [Eça de Queirós Margaret Jull Costa]
E a de Queirs s novel is a lurid satire of clerical corruption in a town in Portugal during a period before and after the 1871 Paris Commune Young, virile Father Amaro arrives in Leira and is taken in as a lodger by S o Joaneira Her budding, devout, dewy lipped daughter Am lia is soon lusted after by the young priest What ensues is a secret love affair amidst a host ofE a de Queirs s novel is a lurid satire of clerical corruption in a town in Portugal during a period before and after the 1871 Paris Commune Young, virile Father Amaro arrives in Leira and is taken in as a lodger by S o Joaneira Her budding, devout, dewy lipped daughter Am lia is soon lusted after by the young priest What ensues is a secret love affair amidst a host of compelling minor characters Canon Dias, a priest, glutton, and Sao Joaneira s lover Dona Maria da Assuncao, a wealthy widow with a roomful of religious relics, agog at any hint of sex Joao Eduardo, repressed atheist, free thinker, and suitor to Amelia Eca s incisive critique flies like a shattering mirror, jabbing everything from the hypocrisy of a rich and powerful Church, to the provincialism of Portuguese society of the time.Haunting, The Crime of Father Amaro is the ghost of a forgotten religion of tolerance, wisdom, and equality Margaret Jull Costa has rendered an exquisite translation and provides an informative introduction to a story that truly spans all ages The Crime of Father Amaro inspired a series of magnificent paintings by the Portuguese artist Paula Rego, one of which graces the cover of this edition The novel was also made into a controversial film, El Crimen del Padre Amaro by Mexican director Carlos Carrera in 2002 BOOK JACKET.
Eça de Queirós Margaret Jull Costa
Jos Mar a E a de Queir s was a novelist committed to social reform who introduced Naturalism and Realism to Portugal He is often considered to be the greatest Portuguese novelist, certainly the leading 19th century Portuguese novelist whose fame was international The son of a prominent magistrate, E a de Queiroz spent his early years with relatives and was sent to boarding school at the age of five After receiving his degree in law in 1866 from the University of Coimbra, where he read widely French, he settled in Lisbon There his father, who had since married E a de Queiroz mother, made up for past neglect by helping the young man make a start in the legal profession E a de Queiroz real interest lay in literature, however, and soon his short stories ironic, fantastic, macabre, and often gratuitously shocking and essays on a wide variety of subjects began to appear in the Gazeta de Portugal By 1871 he had become closely associated with a group of rebellious Portuguese intellectuals committed to social and artistic reform and known as the Generation of 70 E a de Queiroz gave one of a series of lectures sponsored by the group in which he denounced contemporary Portuguese literature as unoriginal and hypocritical He served as consul, first in Havana 1872 74 , then in England, UK in Newcastle upon Tyne 1874 79 and in Bristol 1879 88 During this time he wrote the novels for which he is best remembered, attempting to bring about social reform in Portugal through literature by exposing what he held to be the evils and the absurdities of the traditional order His first novel, O crime do Padre Amaro 1875 The Sin of Father Amaro , 1962 , describes the destructive effects of celibacy on a priest of weak character and the dangers of fanaticism in a provincial Portuguese town A biting satire on the romantic ideal of passion and its tragic consequences appears in his next novel, O Primo Bas lio 1878 Cousin Bazilio , 1953 Caustic satire characterizes the novel that is generally considered E a de Queiroz masterpiece, Os Maias 1888 The Maias , 1965 , a detailed depiction of upper middle class and aristocratic Portuguese society His last novels are sentimental, unlike his earlier work A Cidade e as Serras 1901 The City and the Mountains , 1955 extols the beauty of the Portuguese countryside and the joys of rural life E a de Queiroz was appointed consul in Paris in 1888, where he served until his death Of his posthumously published works, Contos 1902 is a collection of short stories, and ltimas P ginas 1912 includes saints legends Translations of his works persisted into the second half of the 20th century.Source name nm0211055 bio
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