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Translated by John Byrne
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ISBN: 978 1 857542 04 2
Imprint: Aspects of Portugal
Published: September 1995
200 x 135 x 10 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Written in 1927, Jose Rodrigues Migueis's Happy Easter (Pescoa Feliz) was a potent challenge to the realism which had dominated the landscape of European fiction. This brief novel remains a vivid and challenging work: it has long been celebrated in Portugal and throughout the Continent as a radical classic. Here it is translated into English for the first time.
The protagonist, a singularly imaginative individual, suffers
symptoms of paranoia and schizophrenia. Shut into himself,isolated from the world but not ignorant of it, he lives out a fantasy as a protest
against the humiliation and hostility which, as he gradually reveals, have
shaped him since childhood. Yet there, in the asylum he inhabits, he
declares triumphantly that he has found his true self.
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