A touch of Portugal

ONE OF the greatest Portuguese novelists of the 19th century, José Maria Eça de Queiroz, will be honoured by university lecturer Dr Ana Luísa Vilela at the Hotel Garbe in Armação de Pêra on November 15 from 10.30am.

Eça de Queiroz was born in 1845 in Póvoa de Varzim, a small fishing town in Porto, and wrote several novels, most of which have been translated into English. One of best known novels, The Maias, was written during his 15 year period working as a consul in England.

He was a great observer and critic, which is reflected in his work, which contains humour and cynicism.

With a doctorate in Portuguese Literature and having specialised in Queiroz’s work, Dr Ana Vilela from the University of Évora has published various articles about this author in Portugal and abroad. This is an opportunity for anyone who wants to take a closer look at Portugal and its society, past and present.

Tickets are priced at 34 euros, which includes lunch, and are available from Magna Carta Bookshop. It is necessary to reserve as spaces are limited and bookings should be made by November 5.

For more information, please call 282 496 001.

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