PUBLISHERS OF LITERARY FICTION SINCE 1983
Translator: Margaret Jull Costa
Eca de Queiroz wrote in an elegant, clear prose. He was also a satirist with great eye for details who described in his novels the absurdities of the society around him, and living in Portugal he was never short of absurd things to make fun of. Here he attacks religion, greed, gullibility and hypocrisy, always with irony and humor, which makes The Relic a very light and enjoyable experience.
One of the greatest novelists of the novel’s greatest age, Eca is also the most readable due to his narrative energy, sweeping range and tart sense of humour.
Queiroz is far greater than my own dear master, Flaubert.