“The Maias” by José Maria de Eça de Queiroz is a literary masterpiece that critiques 19th-century Portuguese society through the saga of the Maia family.

Set in Lisbon, it explores themes of decadence, love, and societal obligations, weaving personal dramas with broader social commentary. De Queiroz’s rich narrative offers a window into the complexities of human nature and societal constructs.

About the Author: José Maria de Eça de Queiroz is considered one of the greatest Portuguese novelists, often compared to Flaubert and Tolstoy for his realist style and profound social commentary.

His works, including “The Crime of Father Amaro” and “The Illustrious House of Ramires,” are celebrated for their wit, irony, and keen observation of the human condition. Eça de Queiroz’s contributions have left an indelible mark on Portuguese literature and continue to be studied and admired worldwide.