The Illustrious House of Ramires

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5.3 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

One of the leading intellectuals of the Generation of 1870, José Maria de Eça de Queirós (1845-1900) wrote twenty books, founded literary reviews, and for most of his life also worked as a diplomat, in Havana, London, and Paris.
Award-winning translator Margaret Jull Costa lives in England.


Eça de Queirós ought to be up there with Balzac, Dickens, and Tolstoy as one of the talismanic names of the nineteenth century.
"What does Eça's Portugal feel like? It is dominated by hot sunny days, white trousers, dust, theater tickets and evening strolls in Sintra, roses in buttonholes and glimpses of gowned women getting in and out of coaches, gorgeous landscapes and trees and flowers, hale farmers and country maids, long conversations, cats and singing birds and orchards, pumpkins drying on a station roof, baked sweet rice, and cheese pastries."--James Guida"The Proust of Portugal" (05/31/2017)
The plot is full of surprises... It's rare to find such a thrilling portrait of the writer at work. (...) José Maria de Eça de Queirós, where have you been all my life?--Lorin Stein
A writer of mesmerizing literary power. We should be grateful for such blessings.--Michael Dirda
A writer of genius.--Harold Bloom
Eça de Queirós was a god, and this is a translation by another deity (Margaret Jull Costa), so make sure to take a look.--Scott Esposito
His excellent prose glides through real experience and private dream in a manner that is leading on toward the achievements of Proust.--V. S. Pritchett