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The Sin of Father Amaro

The Sin of Father Amaro

(1875)
(The Crime of Father Amaro)
A novel by

 
An unflinching portrait of a priest who seduces his landlady's daughter, now an acclaimed and controversial motion picture

Eça de Queirós's novel, The Crime of Father Amaro is a lurid satire of clerical corruption in a town in Portugal (Leira) during the period before and after the 1871 Paris Commune. At the start, a priest physically explodes after a fish supper while guests at a birthday celebration are "wildly dancing a polka." Young Father Amaro (whose name means "bitter" in Portuguese) arrives in Leira and soon lusts after - and is lusted after by - budding Amélia, dewy-lipped, devout daughter of São Joaneira who has taken in Father Amaro as a lodger. What ensues is a secret love affair amidst a host of compelling minor characters: Canon Dias, glutton and São Joaneira's lover; Dona Maria da Assunção, a wealthy widow with a roomful of religious images, agog at any hint of sex; João Eduardo, repressed atheist, free-thinker and suitor to Amélia; Father Brito, "the strongest and most stupid priest in the diocese;" the administrator of the municipal council who spies at a neighbor's wife through binoculars for hours every day. Eça's incisive critique flies like a shattering mirror, jabbing everything from the hypocrisy of a rich and powerful Church, to the provincialism of men and women in Portuguese society of the time, to the ineptness of politics or science as antidotes to the town's ills. What lurks within Eça's narrative is a religion of tolerance, wisdom, and equality nearly forgotten. Margaret Jull Costa has rendered an exquisite translation and provides an informative introduction to a story that truly spans all ages.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 1994 : UK Hardback
Title: Sin of Father Amaro (Aspects of Portugal)
Author(s): Eca de Queiros, Eca De Queiros
ISBN: 1-85754-101-4 / 978-1-85754-101-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
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Paperback Editions

May 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: The Crime of Father Amaro
Author(s): Jose Maria Eca De Queiros, Margaret Jull Costa
ISBN: 0-8112-1532-6 / 978-0-8112-1532-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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February 2003 : UK Paperback
Title: The Crime of Father Amaro
Author(s): Eca de Queiros
ISBN: 1-85754-684-9 / 978-1-85754-684-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
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March 2002 : UK Paperback
Title: The Crime of Father Amaro (Dedalus European Classics)
Author(s): Eca de Queiroz
ISBN: 1-873982-89-5 / 978-1-873982-89-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dedalus Ltd
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February 1985 : UK Paperback
Title: Sin of Father Amaro (Black Swan)
Author(s): Eca de Queiroz
ISBN: 0-552-99134-1 / 978-0-552-99134-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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