The Illustrious House of Ramires (Revived Modern Classic) (Paperback)
New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811226028, 352pp.
Publication Date: May 23, 2017
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The Illustrious House of Ramires, presented here in a sparkling new translation by Margaret Jull Costa, is the favorite novel of many E a de Queir's aficionados. This late masterpiece, wickedly funny and yet profoundly tender, centers on Gon alo Ramires, heir to a family so aristocratic that it predates even the kings of Portugal. Gon alo--charming but disastrously effete, idealistic but hopelessly weak--muddles through his pampered life, burdened by a grand ambition. He is determined to write a great historical novel based on the heroic deeds of his fierce medieval ancestors. But "the record of their valor," as The London Spectator remarked, "is ironically counterpointed by his own chicanery. A combination of Don Quixote and Walter Mitty, Ramires is continually humiliated but at the same time kindhearted. Ironic comedy is the keynote of the novel. E a de Queir's has justly been compared with Flaubert and Stendhal.