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Considered by some to be a neglected masterpiece, 'O Delfim' ('The Dauphin') is one of José Cardoso Pires' most important works. The story begins with the return of the Author, after a year's absence, to Gafeira, a typical (and fictional) Portuguese village. As on his previous visit, the Author has come to do some wildfowl shooting.

On that earlier visit, the Author had met and grown to admire a man known variously as Tomás Manuel da Palma Bravo, the Engineer, the Dauphin and the Infante. He is the last descendant of the Palma Bravo family, a family that has dominated the village for centuries. Despite leading an entirely futile life mainly devoted to drinking and gambling, and paying no attention to the villagers whom he despises as if they were mere serfs, the Dauphin is still resentfully accepted as the 'lord of the manor'.

When the Author returns to Gafeira a year later, he is immediately informed by gleeful locals of the mysterious deaths of the Dauphin's wife and servant and of the Engineer's equally mysterious disappearance. The novel charts the Author's attempts to solve the crime through the conflicting testimonies of villagers and through his own memories of the previous year and the conversations he had with Tomás. In the end, he realises that he will never fully understand what happened; the 'evidence' he garners is merely a collection of fragmentary images obscured by uncertainty, imagination, memory and revenge. The truth of what happened will only ever be known by those who witnessed it - and even then...

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Series Popular fiction Title O Delfim
Subject Portuguese Language Portuguese
Market Adolescent/Adult Level Fluent/native speakers
Publication Date June 2015 Authors José Cardoso Pires
Binding Paperback Pages 208
Size(mm) 150x230 Weight (gms) 100
ESB Code 80143 ISBN 9789896415303
Inspection Copy No Delivery Limited Stock
  Price £19.95


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