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O Mandarim by Eça de Queiroz
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O Mandarim (original 1880; edition 1999)

by Eça de Queiroz (Author)

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One of Eça¿s most criticized works, O Mandarim is a departure from the Naturalism of his more famous works, instead exploring the fantastic, in an exoitic morality tale on wealth. Teodoro, a low-level government employee, dreams of wealth so much that one night the devil offers to let him inherit the riches of a Mandarim in China, who will die when Teodoro wishes. But when he recieves the wealth a month later, Teodor finds that his conscience troubles him and that he is unhappy despite his fabulous wealth. Seeking to solve his problem by restoring the wealth to the Mandarim¿s family, Teodoro travels to China, but that effort goes wrong and fails to give him peace.… (more)
Member:DeboraNunes
Title:O Mandarim
Authors:Eça de Queiroz (Author)
Info:L&PM Editores (1999)
Collections:Your library, Read, Gave away / exchanged, 2001
Rating:****
Tags:Portugal, Literatura Brasileira, ambition

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O Mandarim by Eça de Queirós (1880)

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[...] Tinha tomado o habito discreto de comprar na feira da Ladra antigos volumes desirmanados, e á noite, no meu quarto, repastava-me d'essas leituras curiosas. Eram sempre obras de titulos ponderosos: Galera da Innocencia, Espelho Milagroso, Tristeza dos Mal Desherdados... O typo venerando, o papel amarellado com picadas de traça, a grave encadernação freiratica, a fitinha verde marcando a pagina―encantavam-me! Depois, aquelles dizeres ingenuos em letra gorda davam uma pacificação a todo o meu sêr, sensação comparavel á paz penetrante d'uma velha cêrca de mosteiro, na quebrada d'um valle, por um fim suave de tarde, ouvindo o correr d'agua triste...
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  biclaranja | Oct 22, 2016 |
No está mal, demasiado moralista y previsible. El párrafo final, como el de la premisa, lo mejor. ( )
  naturaworld | Aug 12, 2016 |
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One of Eça¿s most criticized works, O Mandarim is a departure from the Naturalism of his more famous works, instead exploring the fantastic, in an exoitic morality tale on wealth. Teodoro, a low-level government employee, dreams of wealth so much that one night the devil offers to let him inherit the riches of a Mandarim in China, who will die when Teodoro wishes. But when he recieves the wealth a month later, Teodor finds that his conscience troubles him and that he is unhappy despite his fabulous wealth. Seeking to solve his problem by restoring the wealth to the Mandarim¿s family, Teodoro travels to China, but that effort goes wrong and fails to give him peace.

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