Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth
Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the University Press of New England (UPNE), announces the publication of The Relic by Eça de Queirós. The classic translation by Aubrey Bell was originally published by Alfred K. Knopf in 1925 and has long been out of print. The new Tagus Press paperback edition features a preface by Harold Bloom, who writes, “The Relic is a work of absolute comic genius, an invention provocative of outrageous laughter.”
Hailed as a satiric masterpiece, one of the funniest novels in European literature, and a profound critique of religion, science, and history, The Relic is an irreverent fictional autobiography narrating the picaresque adventures of Teodorico, a Portuguese playboy determined to be the sole heir of his absurdly pious, sexually repressed, and tyrannical Auntie. Sent to the Holy Land, he returns with what he presumes is the “relic of relics” in hopes of persuading Auntie to bequeath her vast fortune to him. While in Jerusalem, Teodorico has a vision in which he witnesses Christ’s trial and crucifixion and the founding of Christianity—with a twist.
José Maria de Eça de Queirós (1845–1900) is Portugal’s foremost author of the nineteenth century and its most celebrated novelist before José Saramago. The Relic is volume 7 of the Adamastor Book Series.
For more information, please contact Mario Pereira, Managing Editor of Tagus Press at 508-999-8255 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To purchase the volume, please visit the UPNE website by clicking here.