PUBLISHERS OF LITERARY FICTION SINCE 1983
Translator: Margaret Jull Costa Cover design: Marie Lane
Eça de Queiroz, began his career as a self-declared realist, but as his writing evolved, his novels and stories became a potent blend of realism and fantasy.
In this volume, comprising one short novel and six short stories, the reader is introduced to a dazzling variety of worlds and characters: a deceived husband who finds that jealousy is not the answer, a lovelorn Greek poet-turned-waiter working in a Charing Cross hotel, a saintly young woman soured by love, a follower of St Francis who learns that an entire life of virtue can be besmirched by one cruel act, Adam in Paradise pondering the pros and cons of dominion over the earth, Jesus healing a child, and a loyal nursemaid forced to make a terrible choice.
An opera, The Yellow Sofa, by Julian Philips based on Alves & Co was performed for the first time at Glyndbourne in 2009.
No. of pages: 172
Publication date: 30.07.2012
978 1 903517 89 5
978 1 909232 22 8
World English language in this translation