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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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 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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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 >

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SMALL MEMORIES by José Saramago
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2011

"A nonfictional footnote to a brilliant career in fiction."
A slim, elliptical, often poetic memoir by the late Portuguese winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Read full book review >

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THE TALE OF THE UNKNOWN ISLAND by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"He may be the world's greatest living novelist."
This richly enigmatic short story, published last year by Portugal's reigning Nobel laureate (Blindness, 1998, etc.), is a mischievous and thoughtful satire on ruling elites and bold dreamers, cast in the form of revisionist fairy-tale. Read full book review >

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SEEING by José Saramago
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 10, 2006

"Very nearly equal to the magnificent Blindness: another invaluable gift from a matchless writer."
Passive political defiance stirs up a whirlwind of intrigue, repression and bureaucratic insanity in the 1998 Nobel laureate's 12th translated novel. Read full book review >

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DEATH WITH INTERRUPTIONS by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2008

"Simultaneously, we may sense we hear the voice of a great artisan who may not have shown us the last of his creations; who instead whispers his promise: Not just yet, there's more to be told."
When Portugal's José Saramago received the 1998 Nobel Prize, it seemed a fitting climactic acknowledgement of a brilliant career of a stubbornly independent genius who—like Tolstoy and Verdi and Picasso in their times, the late Saul Bellow and the ever underrated Hortense Calisher in our own—had demonstrated unimpaired creative power well into old age. 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 >