José Matias by José Maria de Eça de Queirós
Approx. 8,710 words.
Published on November 12, 2011 by
"José Matias," the tale of a man of leisure who is going to his grave accompanied by a very brief procession of carriages, highlights, perhaps more than any other tale of his, the gentle irony—equal parts affection and sarcasm—that makes the work of the great nineteenth-century Portuguese writer José Maria de Eça de Queirós so delightful to the contemporary reader.