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Set in Lisbon at the close of the nineteenth century, The Maias is both a coming-of-age novel and a passionate romance. Our hero Carlos Maia, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Portugal, is rich, handsome, generous and intelligent: he means to do something for his country, something useful, something that will make his beloved grandfather proud. However, Carlos is also a bit of a dilettante. He drifts along, becoming a doctor and pottering about in his laboratory, but spends more and more time riding his splendid horses or visiting the theater, having affairs or reading novels. His best friend and chief partner in crime, Ega, is likewise engaged in a long summertime of witticisms and pleasure. Carlos however is set on a dead reckoning course with fate - with the love of his life and with a terrible, terrible secret...

Newly translated by the acclaimed translator Margaret Jull Costa (translator of José Saramago's Blindness), New Directions is proud to bring Eça de Queirós' brilliant prose to life for American readers for the first time.

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Hardback Editions

September 1965 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Maias
Author(s): Eca de Queiros
ISBN: 0-370-00557-0 / 978-0-370-00557-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd
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Paperback Editions

July 2007 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Maias
Author(s): Jose Maria de Eca de Queiros
ISBN: 0-8112-1649-7 / 978-0-8112-1649-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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March 2002 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Maias
Author(s): Eca de Queiros
ISBN: 1-85754-608-3 / 978-1-85754-608-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
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November 1998 : UK Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: The Maias (Penguin Classics)
Author(s): Eca de Queiros
ISBN: 0-14-044694-X / 978-0-14-044694-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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May 1986 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Maias
Author(s): Eca de Queiroz
ISBN: 0-460-01433-1 / 978-0-460-01433-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dent Everyman's Library
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