The Illustrious House of Ramires by Eça de Queirós

"Eça de Queiros (1845-1900) ought to be," as the London Observer stated, "up there with Balzac, Dickens, and Tolstoy as one of the talismanic names of the nineteenth century." His superlative penultimate novel, The Illustrious House of Ramires (1900) centers on Gonçalo Ramires, heir to the most noble family of Portugal. Gonçalo, charming but disastrously effete, muddles through his life while writing a historical novel based on the heroic deeds of his ancestors. "The record of their valour is ironically counterpointed by his own chicanery. A combination of Don Quixote and Walter Mitty, he is continually humiliated [but he] is at the same time kindhearted .... Ironic comedy is the keynote of the novel .... Eça de Queiros has justly been compared with Flaubert and Stendhal."(The London Spectator)

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The 2214th greatest fiction book of all time

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  1. - 77th on 100 Essential Books (Bravo! Magazine)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Illustrious House of Ramires (Quartet Encounters) Paperback 13967665 $10.99 $13.79 1993
The Illustrious House of Ramires (Revived Modern Classic) Paperback 5972839 $13.58 $4.74 1994
The Illustrious House of Ramires Hardcover 7788878 $40.92 $11.70 1992