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The Tragedy of the Street of Flowers by Eca…

The Tragedy of the Street of Flowers (1980)

by Eca De Queiroz

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One night at the theater, Vitor da Silva falls head over heels in love with the beautiful Genoveva de Molineux, newly arrived from Paris, a woman with a mysterious history, a less than respectable past, and a secret that will bring both her and Vitor's life into turmoil and, for one of them, a tragic end. This was posthumously published 80 years after the author's death and although it isn't quite as perfectly polished as his other novels, it is still undoubtedly Eça, with beautiful descriptions of 19th century Portugal life with a huge amount of satire and societal critique layered thick on top. Eça's characters are wonderfully passionate, ridiculous, and naive, and their over-the-top proclamations and behaviors are so very entertaining, especially when juxtapositioned against the distinctly Realist style of writing. Eça is a huge favorite of mine and this, somewhat unpolished, work only strengthen my admiration. As Dedalus Books' other Eça-publications, this has been masterfully translated by the brilliant Margaret Jull Costa. NOTE: Read the introduction last, as it gives away part of the plot! (I don't understand why publishers insist on not making introductions such as this afterwords instead.) ( )
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