Author: José Maria de Eça de Queirós
Extent: 168 pp
Publication: April 2015
Publisher: Tagus Press (Oxbow)
Set in the Middle Ages but written in the early twentieth century, Eça de Queirós’s novella, Saint Christopher, is a powerful indictment of those who profess the value of morality but who do not practice it.
The narrative is just as relevant today – when issues of religion, hypocrisy, and social justice are more urgent than ever – as it was when it first appeared in 1912.
Written as though it were the product of a dialogue between Jesus and Proudhon (whose theories animate much of the narrative), Saint Christopher challenges today’s ethically motivated reader to do what the narrative’s protagonist does, that is, take up the cause of the wretched and abused of this earth.