José Maria de Eça de Queirós (November 25, 1845 - August 16, 1900) is generally considered to be the greatest Portuguese writer in the realist style. Zola considered him to be far greater than Flaubert. Others rank him with Dickens, Balzac and Tolstoy. Eça never officially rejected Catholicism, but was very critical of the Catholic Church of his time, as is evident in his novels.A Reliquia
(The Relic) was published in 1887, nearly twenty years after the majority of it was written during his travels to Egypt.
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