The Illustrious House of Ramires

by José Maria de Eça de Queirós

Translated from the Portuguese by Ann Stevens

“Eça de Queiros (1845-1900) ought to be,” as the London Observer stated, “up there with Balzac, Dickens, and Tolstoy as one of the talismanic names of the nineteenth century.” His superlative penultimate novel, The Illustrious House of Ramires (1900) centers on Gonçalo Ramires, heir to the most noble family of Portugal. Gonçalo, charming but disastrously effete, muddles through his life while writing a historical novel based on the heroic deeds of his ancestors.…
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