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Adamastor Book Series, named for the mythological character invented by Camões in the Renaissance epic The Lusiads, is dedicated to publishing both translations of important works from the Portuguese language and essays on Lusophone literatures and cultures.
The Correspondence of Fradique Mendes. A Novel
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The Correspondence of Fradique Mendes
A Novel
José Maria de Eça de Queirós;
Gregory Rabassa, trans.;
Frank F. Sousa, ed.;
Anna M. Klobucka, contrib.

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth

2011 . 152 pp. 6 x 9"
Fiction Classics

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-933227-32-0

Introduction

“The letters of this fiction are fascinating for their swings between worldly knowledge and peasant pleasures, between a cultivated artistic sensibility and a craving for the simplicities of the past.” – Rain Taxi

A bright, witty excursion through the fictional letters of a turn-of-century dandy who hilariously edifies, entertains, infuriates, and endears

The Correspondence of Fradique Mendes – ostensibly letters, with an arch introduction – actually ranges widely and revels in many forms of discourse. In this singular work, originally published in 1900, one finds meditations, dialogues, observations, grand shifts in tone, occulted ironies, pastiches, lampoons, and an underlying hilarity throughout. Readers will be reminded of Ishmael’s lofty digressions, of Ivan Karamazov’s dialogues with his imaginary devil, of Flaubert’s stylistic virtuosity, of Gogol’s quiet comedy – and more. Fradique, at one point, disingenuously tells us he will never write a book because no language is capable of representing the real significance of anything. But Fradique’s letters go on to offer us nearly?everything, and they presciently anticipate much of what is rightly celebrated in the best of postmodern writing. This magnificent novel now appears in a beautiful and deft translation that will entertain and delight with wit, intelligence and many surprises.

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