- Author Bio
Jose Maria Eca de Queiros, the first great modern Portuguese novelist, wrote The Yellow Sofa with (in his own words) no digressions, no rhetoric," creating a book where "everything is interesting and dramatic and quickly narrated." The story, a terse and seamless spoof of Victorian bourgeois morals, concerns a successful businessman who returns home to find his wife "on the yellow damask sofa, leaning in abandon on the shoulder of a man." The man is none other than his best friend and business partner. While struggling with the need to defend his honor, he fights a stronger innerdesire for domestic tranquility and forgiveness. The Yellow Sofa firmly establishes Eca de Queiros in the literary pantheon that includes Dickens, Flaubert, Balzac, and Tolstoy. "
His excellent prose glides through real experience and private dream in a manner that is leading on toward the achievements of Proust.Eca de Queiros is far greater than my own dear master, Flaubert.A wonderful, gently mocking exemplar of bourgeois morality.Portugal's greatest novelist.