The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2012

Publication of The Relic by Eça de Queirós

The Relic
The Relic by Eça de Queirós

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. The publication of The Relic was sponsored in part by the Luso-American Foundation.

For more information, please contact Mario Pereira, Managing Editor of Tagus Press at 508-999-8255 or To purchase the volume, please visit the UPNE website by clicking here.