Eça de Queiroz, Os Maias
Livraria Internacional de Ernesto Chardron – 1888


Synopsis
The Maias is considered by many to be the greatest and most epic Portuguese novel. Published in 1888 by Ernesto Chardron’s International Bookstore – an illustrious predecessor of Livraria Lello –, this novel accompanies three generations of a distinguished Lisbon based family, to tell us the day-to-day of all Portuguese nineteenth-century society, the same which in good measure we already were and still are to date, with a mixture of shame and pride, sometimes successive, not infrequently simultaneous.


Biography
Eça de Queiroz (1845–1900), writing as one who has all of the Portuguese language at his mercy, uses his immense literary genius to tell us about the Portugal of the eight hundreds, as one who tells us about today’s Portugal, and even tomorrow’s.
The Greatest Portuguese realist novelist went through half of the nineteenth century to fix on our existence, themes such as, abortion, clerical celibacy, the dazzlement of the newly enriched or newly educated with other civilizations, the careerist following or, still, and amongst many other subjects that he would unveil in all their cruelty, and the somehow illusory separation between the urban world and the rural belongingness of the same human race.
Born even before the marriage of his parents, at a time when such condition would limit the social rise of those who held it, he would not stay at Póvoa de Varzim where he was born, having lived an intense and important diplomatic career, crucial to provide him with the world with which he told us the always paradoxal fascination of being a Portuguese.


FunFacts
PUBLISHED BY LIVRARIA INTERNACIONAL ERNESTO CHARDRON IN PORTO
The Maias, the masterpiece by Eça de Queiroz, was published in two volumes, in 1888, by Livraria Internacional Ernesto Chardron, Porto – that would later become Livraria Lello.

MADONNA MOVED TO THE HOUSE WHERE THE MAIAS TAKE PLACE
In 2018, popstar Madonna moved to the house where The Maias take place: the ramalhete, a word meaning bouquet. This majestic old palace was the house of the Taborda family, dukes of Palmela and Counts of Póvoa.

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