Cousin Bazilio by Jose Maria Eca de Queiroz
(Dedalus European Classics)

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Cousin Bazilio is a tale of sexual folly and hypocrisy and vividly depicts bourgeois life in 19th-century Lisbon. "Sauciness and scandal come as part of the enticing package in this 1878 European classic by Portugal's most celebrated 19th century writer. Cousin Bazilio might not be his best work, but it certainly drew the most attention when it was originally published, for all the wrong reasons;specifically deceitful lusts, a series of characters - some aristocratic hedonistic socialites, others colourful aspiring servants, but all connected by a string of naughty secrets. The tale rips along at a pace that could outdo any modern soap, while the social realist side of de Queiroz shows up the hypocritical limitations laid down by society, particularly on female morality. A classic then, but distinctly alternative in every way." The Scotsman

About Jose Maria Eca de Queiroz

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Margaret Jull Costa has translated into the English more than 35 books, including Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago's "All the Names" & "The Tale of the Unknown Island", Antonio Perez Reverte's "The Flander's Panel", Fernando Pessoa's Book of Disquiet" & Luisa Valenzuela's "Bedside Manners". She lives in London.
Published October 23, 2012 by Dedalus Limited. 454 pages
Genres: Erotica, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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