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The Crime of Father Amaro

Author: Eça de Queiroz

Translator: Margaret Jull Costa   Cover illustration: Paula Rego  

The Crime of Father Amaro is a good introduction to Portuguese literature. Published in 1878 it is the first great realistic novel in the language. In it Eca sets out to expose the hypocrisy of small-town provincial Portugal, of so called freethinkers and the Church. In this blackest of comedies, Eca dspicts the destructive effects of celibacy on a priest lacking any true vocation.Father Amaro, whose name means 'bitter' inPortuguese, sours for ever the life of the young Amelia. It is a novel in which the innocent are condemned and the guilty prosper.

RRP: £11.99

No. of pages: 476

Publication date: 26.03.2002

ISBN numbers:
Paperback
788 1 873982 89 1
Ebook
978 1 907650 45 1

Rights:
World English language in this translation.
US rights sold to New Directions.