Search Results: "José Saramago"


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RAISED FROM THE GROUND by José Saramago
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"A novel that offers insight into the renowned author and his native land."
An early, epic novel by the late Nobel Prize winner, for completists steeped in knowledge of the author's work and his native Portugal. Read full book review >

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THE HISTORY OF THE SIEGE OF LISBON by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1997

"The best work we've seen yet from a consummate artificer who may well be one of the greatest living novelists."
A brilliantly amusing metafiction about the instability of history and the reality assumed by fiction, from the acclaimed Portuguese author (The Stone Raft, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS CHRIST by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Fiction that engages the mind as much as the spirit as, in eloquently supple prose, it seeks to understand faith."
Now making its US debut, a novel from noted Portuguese writer Saramago (The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, 1990) that— despite its provocative conclusions and sometimes irreverent tone- -is a profoundly different but no less significant life of Christ. Read full book review >

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THE STONE RAFT by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"A fabulous fable."
From noted Portuguese writer Saramago (The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, 1993, etc.), a playful "what-if" tale — what if the earth were to crack and the Iberian Peninsula started sailing across the Atlantic? — that also slyly satirizes current European and international politics. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1990

"An accomplished debut."
The US debut of Portuguese writer Saragamo: a novel written in the best classical European tradition, rich in allusions, occasionally surreal, and concerned with the human condition. Read full book review >

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THE LIVES OF THINGS by Giovanni Pontiero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2012

"Though some of the stories work well on their own, the collection will mainly interest those already very familiar with the author and his novels."
This slim collection of early, experimental stories represents a footnote on the career of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, who died in 2010. Read full book review >

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COWBOY JOSÉ by Susan Middleton Elya
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"Recommended mainly for its language possibilities. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Rollicking rhymed "Spanglish" couplets tell the tale of "Cowboy José, the vaquero" and his faithful horse Feo who "ride 'cross the prairie and belt out a song," and then get involved with a gal named Rosita, who is pretty—bonita. Read full book review >

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THE DOUBLE by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Nevertheless, it's clearly the work of a great writer, whose entire oeuvre eloquently dramatizes the paradox (memorably stated by Maria de Paz) that 'Chaos is only order waiting to be deciphered.'"
The theme of shared identity, treated by such masters as Poe, Stevenson, and Dostoevsky, animates the 1998 Nobel winner's latest. Read full book review >

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MANUAL OF PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHY by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2012

"Saramago writes beautifully, and his style is ruminative—not for every taste, but definitely for those who appreciate finely wrought, meditative prose."
Nobel Prize-winning author Saramago explores art and the meaning of life in a posthumous release of his first novel. Read full book review >

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SKYLIGHT by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"More conventional and less political than the later work that established the author's reputation but an early sign of considerable promise and spirited storytelling."
Rarely has a novel with a publication delayed as long as this one's proven such a pleasure. Read full book review >

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CAIN by José Saramago
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A pleasing, elegantly written allegory."
Why would a dedicated communist and atheist turn to the Bible as the theme for his final novel? Because the Bible is literature, and literature in a way that the best writers have long recognized—and the late Saramago (Small Memories, 2011, etc.) is one of the best. Read full book review >

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THE CAVE by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"We'll say it again: Saramago is the finest living novelist, bar none."
Far from resting on his laurels, Portugal's 1998 Nobel laureate, now 80, brings us yet another ruefully comic and disturbing allegorical tale—a worthy companion to its superlative immediate predecessors Blindness (1998) and All the Names (2000). Read full book review >