Carcanet Press Logo
Quote of the Day
I'm filled with admiration for what you've achieved, and particularly for the hard work and the 'cottage industry' aspect of it.
Fleur Adcock

To The Capital

Eca De Queiros

Translated by John Vetch

No Text
Categories: 20th Century, Portuguese
Imprint: Aspects of Portugal
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Available as:
Paperback
(Pub. Oct 2002)
9781857546873
Out of Stock
  • Description
  • Author
  • This is the seventh volume in the Carcanet's Eça de Queiros programme which includes The Maias, Cousin Basilio, The Illustrious House of Ramires, The City and the Mountains, The Sin of Father Amaro, The Yellow Sofa & Three Portraits.

    Artur Corvelo inherits a legacy, quits his provincial home town and sets out for the capital. Armed hopefully with some poems and a heroic play, he seeks literary renown and entry into fashionable intellectual and social circles. Disillusion follows and he returns to his origins, his play unperformed, poorer certainly, wiser perhaps. As so often with Eça de Queiros, the plot is simple; the fascination of the novel lies in the characters, the incidents and, above all, the warm humanity and mordant wit of this acute observer of the human condition. To the Capital, posthumously published in Lisbon has not been previously available in English. It is here translated by John Vetch, whose version of The Yellow Sofa attracted much favourable attention when it was published in 1993. The text used takes account of the scholarly 'definitive' edition of Eça's work recently published in Lisbon.
    Eca De Queiros
    Eca de Queiros was born in 1845 at Povoa de Varzim in northern Portugal, the son of a magistrate. After studying law, he travelled widely and entered the diplomatic service. Married, and with four children, Eca was known as a genial host, a raconteur, wit, dandy, aesthete and bon viveur . ... read more
Share this...
The Carcanet Blog 100 Days: Gabriel Josipovici read more Stop the clock: 50 Years of Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange read more PN Review 261: Editorial read more Cordially Yours: Tristram Fane Saunders on Edna St Vincent Millay read more the clarity of distant things: Jane Duran read more On the Way to Jerusalem Farm: Carola Luther read more
Find your local bookshop logo
Arts Council Logo
We thank the Arts Council England for their support and assistance in this interactive Project.
This website ©2000-2021 Carcanet Press Ltd