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Eça de Queirós
is considered to be the great novelist of Portuguese literature, because of the
wide variety of his different themes (dominated by his criticism of contemporary
society and the excesses of sensual love, e.g. O
Crime do Padre Amaro, 1875, and O
Primo Basílio, 1878), because of his narrative capacity (shown in the
realistic and decadent organic structure of Os
Maias, 1888), and because of the rigour and creativity of his
impressionistic style (culminating in the animistic prose of A
Cidade e as Serras, 1901).
Lisbon. "A Brasileira" Café
Everywhere the water murmured, the water fertilised... Agile rivulets fled, laughing with the pebbles; abundant streams leapt hastily and noisily from stone to stone; straight glittering threads like silver strings vibrated and sparkled from the heights of the gorges; and many fountains, placed at the side of footpaths, poured beneficently from their spouts, waiting for men and cattle...
A Cidade e as Serras
© Instituto Camões, 2001