Sunday, April 26, 2009


Portugal 100 Escudos 1965 UNC
Front: Camilo Castelo Branco (March 16, 1825 - July 1, 1890)
Back: Porto, Meados Do Seculo XIX

Thanks to marco

Camilo Ferreira Botelho Castelo-Branco
was a prolific Portuguese writer of the 19th century, having authored over 260 books (mainly novels, plays and essays). His writing is, overall, considered original in that it combines the dramatic and sentimental spirit of Romanticism with a highly personal combination of sarcasm, bitterness and dark humour. He is also celebrated for his peculiar wit and anecdotal character, as well as for his turbulent (and ultimately tragical) biography.

His writing, which is centered in the local and the picturesque and is in a general sense affiliated with the Romantic tradition, is often regarded in contrast to that of Eça de Queiroz - a cosmopolitan dandy and a fervorous proponent of Realism, who was Camilo's literary contemporary in spite of being 20 years younger. In this tension between Camilo and Eça - often dubbed by critics the literary guerilla - many have interpreted a synthesis of the two great tendencies present in the Portuguese literature of the 19th century.

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