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The Mystery of the Sintra Road (1870)

by Eca De Queiroz

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"Dr ***" and his friend "F" are abducted from the Sintra Road by four masked men, brought to a mysterious house to ascertain that an opium overdose is actually dead. While at said house, another man - "A.M.C." - bursts in on the group, and as a result, the mystery of the dead body is slowly unraveled, revealing a tale of love, passion, deceit, and murder. This is considered the first detective story published in Portugal and was written in 1870 by friends José Maria Eça de Queiroz and Ramalho Ortigão to shake up Lisbon and show that literary styles were changing. Published in installments in a Lisbon newspaper as a series of letters to the editor, many Lisboetas thought the story of the murder was true and it caused some commotion in the capital city. The last installment, however, included a note announcing that the story was fiction, signed by its two authors, who both went on to become huge influences on Portuguese literature's progression from Romanticism to Realism. The remarkable thing is, though, that not only was this a progressive experiment, it is a genuinely exciting story that holds up surprisingly well, even by today's standards. It does include some passages of excessive Romanticism that sound bloated to contemporary ears, but that's easily made up by the authors' genuine talent for telling a captivating story with characters that are allowed to be flawed and pathetic without being pitiable. I'll gladly admit to being a huge fan of Eça de Queiroz's already and this, his first novel, only added to my admiration of his skill. ( )
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Free download at Gutenberg Project.
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Free download at Gutenberg Project.
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Free download at Gutenberg Project.
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Free download at Gutenberg Project.
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A publicação dos textos originais ocorreu, pela primeira vez, entre 24 de julho e 27 de setembro de 1870, no jornal Diário de Notícias. A primeira publicação em livro, no entanto, ocorreu apenas em 1884.
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