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 - 2015

Publication of Saint Christopher by Eça de Queirós

Saint Christopher
Saint Christopher by Eça de Queirós, translated
by Gregory Rabassa and Earl Fitz, with a
foreword by Carlos Reis

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the University Press of New England (UPNE), announces the publication of Saint Christopher by Eça de Queirós, translated by Gregory Rabassa and Earl Fitz, with a foreword by Carlos Reis.  Saint Christopher, a powerful story by Portugal’s greatest nineteenth-century writer, expresses a deeply felt passion for social justice and human solidarity.   

Publication of Saint Christopher by Eça de Queirós
Set in the Middle Ages but written in the early twentieth century, Eça de Queirós’s novella, Saint Christopher, is a powerful indictment of those who profess the value of morality but who do not practice it. The narrative is just as relevant today—when issues of religion, hypocrisy, and social justice are more urgent than ever—as it was when it first appeared in 1912. Written as though it were the product of a dialogue between Jesus and Proudhon (whose theories animate much of the narrative), Saint Christopher challenges today’s ethically motivated reader to do what the narrative’s protagonist does, that is, take up the cause of the wretched and abused of this earth.

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. GREGORY RABASSA has translated more than forty works from Portuguese and Spanish. EARL E. FITZ is a professor of Portuguese, Spanish, and comparative literature at Vanderbilt University. CARLOS REIS is a Professor Catedrático at the University of Coimbra and held the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies (2005) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Saint Christopher is volume 9 of the Adamastor Book Series. Tagus Press is the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. This first ever translation of Saint Christopher 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 mpereira6@umassd.edu.  To purchase the volume, please visit the UPNE website by clicking here.

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