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The Mandarin and Other Stories

A collection of stories by

Eca de Queiroz (1845-1900) is considered to be Portugal's greatest nineteenth century novelist. His sharply satirical work aimed to expose the hypocrisies of his age. In The Mandarin (1880) and The Relic (1887), however, Eca ventured into the world of Fantastic literature. His lascivious anti-heroes, Teodoro and Teodorico are dragged from their narrow Lisbon lives into exotic encounters with Chinese mandarins, the Devil (in the guise of a dark-suited civil servant) and Jesus Christ Himself.
In his short story Jose Motias Eca de Queiroz takes to its logical and tragi-comic extreme the concept of the romantic lover, worshipping his beloved from afar. In all three, the collision of provincial egotism and greed with higher or darker forces produces a very distinctive blend of social satire and fantasy.


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Hardback Editions

April 1966 : UK Hardback

Title: Mandarin and Other Stories
Author(s): Eca de Queiros
ISBN: 0-370-00608-9 / 978-0-370-00608-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd
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Paperback Editions

December 1990 : UK Paperback

Title: The Mandarin and Other Stories (European Classics)
Author(s): Eca de Queiros
ISBN: 0-946626-98-7 / 978-0-946626-98-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dedalus Ltd
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