Eça de Queirós
- Title: The Mandarin and Other Stories
- Author: Eça de Queirós
- ISBN: 9780946626984
- Page: 358
- Format: Paperback
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Dedalus European ClassicsEca de Queiroz 1845 1900 is considered to be Portugal s greatest novelist and one of its finest prose writers In The Mandarin he turns his satirical eye on the sin of avarice and asks the following question In the depths of China there lives a mandarin who is richer than any king spoken of in fable or in history You know nothing about him, notDedalus European ClassicsEca de Queiroz 1845 1900 is considered to be Portugal s greatest novelist and one of its finest prose writers In The Mandarin he turns his satirical eye on the sin of avarice and asks the following question In the depths of China there lives a mandarin who is richer than any king spoken of in fable or in history You know nothing about him, not his name, his face or the silks that he wears In order for you to inherit his limitless wealth, all you have to do is to ring the bell placed on a book by your side In that remote corner of Mongolia, he will utter a single sigh He will then be a corpse, and at your feet you will see gold beyond the dreams of avarice Mortal reader, will you ring the bell When Teodoro, our timid, lowly narrator, says Yes , he finds that fabulous wealth brings with it unexpected problems The three very different stories that complete the collection The Idiosyncrasies of a Young Blonde Woman , The Hanged Man and Jose Matas are all tales of obsessive love, each told with Eca s irrepressible wit and originality A brilliant mischievous essay in fantasy chinoiserie, irreverently subverting the trope, created half a century earlier by Balzac in La Peau de chagrin, of the Oriental curse masquerading as a blessing In the same Dedalus collection of Eca s short fiction lies a late gem, Jose Matias , a love story told at a funeral by a Hegelian philosopher, in which the issue of the narrator s own relationship with reality adds a comically ambiguous layer to the tale Jonathan Keates in The Times Literary Supplement
Recent Comments "The Mandarin and Other Stories"
The Mandarin is a masterpiece in short fiction, it looks at what is called MetaEthics, the what "if" and it does so brilliantly - the lush descriptive passages really immerse one's attention, the detail and wit is exceptional though subtle enough to be enjoyed sparingly without expectation. Eca fabricates this story as if writing with embroidery, I read each line like listening to a well devised tune.The other stories didn't enfold my attention so much, José Matias was pretty powerful however T [...]
Aaah it was so nice to finally read some good old fashioned realism again The Mandarin is by far the best story in this book (I'm even gonna do a paper about it), but I liked The Hanged Man as well. Actually, I think the stories with some supernatural element were kind of the best (which is weird because realism). The last story had a beautiful love story, but I just wanted to hit the narrator. Man, what an annoying character that was.
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A pleasant little read. The title ("and other stories") is a bit of a misnomer as the book consists of the novella "The Mandarin", the short story "Jose Matias" and an excerpt of the fantastical section of de Eca de Queiros' novel THE RELIC. Since I own the latter in it's full novel form from Dedalus already (haven't read it yet), I skipped reading the excerpt."The Mandarin" is a fun little story in which a middle-class clerk is offered, through supernatural means, the chance to become unaccount [...]
a traves de su preciosa prosa,he intentado sacar la conclusion moral del autor de que toda riqueza que no se adquiere con esfuerzo conlleva una degradacion del espiritu, pero pese a ello todos tocamos la campanilla y tratamos de matar al mandarín!!
A thriller where keen observation, magic and reality blend in a book excellently written. True Eça.Maria Carmo
Very well written.
leido en español. belllismo, delicado y detallado, el viaje interior de un hombre que mata por codicia sin conciencia de lo que hace.
The roots of Weird Fiction can be seen here. Excellent! I will be finding as many Eca De Queiroz translations as I can.
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