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The Yellow Sofa
By (author): Jose Maria de Eca de Queiros Translated by: John Vetch
9780811222181 Paperback, Trade English FICTION / Literary Apr 29, 2016
$22.50 CAD
Active 5.2 x 8 x 0.4 in 128 pages New Directions Publishing New Directions
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. "

One of the leading intellectuals of the Generation of 1870," Jose Maria de Eca de Queiros (1845-1900) wrote twenty books, founded literary reviews, and for most of his life also worked as a diplomat, in Havana, London, and Paris. John Vetch has translated Eca de Queiros's The Yellow Sofa and To the Capital."

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.

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