Raised from the Ground

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Raised from the Ground

by José Saramago
Translated by Margaret Jull Costa

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | November 19, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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"Essential...A novel that resounds with relevance for our own time." -New York Times Book Review

First published in 1980, the City of Lisbon Prize-winning Raised from the Ground follows the changing fortunes of the Mau Tempo family-poor landless peasants not unlike Saramago''s own grandparents. Set in Alentejo, a southern province of Portugal known for its vast agricultural estates, the novel charts the lives of the Mau Tempos as national and international events rumble on in the background-the coming of the republic in Portugual, the two world wars, and an attempt on the dictator Salazar''s life. Yet nothing really impinges on the grim reality of the farm laborers'' lives until the first communist stirrings.

Raised from the Ground is Saramago''s most deeply personal novel, the book in which he found the signature style and voice that distinguishes all of his brilliant works.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.2 in

Published: November 19, 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0544102738

ISBN - 13: 9780544102736

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Raised from the Ground

by José Saramago
Translated by Margaret Jull Costa

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.2 in

Published: November 19, 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0544102738

ISBN - 13: 9780544102736

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HERE, IT''S MOSTLY countryside, land. Whatever else may be lacking, land has never been in short supply, indeed its sheer abundance can only be explained by some tireless miracle, because the land clearly predates man, and despite its long, long existence, it has still not expired. That''s probably because it''s constantly changing: at certain times of the year, the land is green, at others, yellow or brown or black. And in certain places it is red, the color of clay or spilled blood. This, however, depends on what has been planted or what has not yet been planted, or what has sprung up unaided and died simply because it reached its natural end. This is not the case with wheat, which still has some life left in it when it is cut. Nor with the cork oak, which, despite its solemn air, is full of life and cries out when its skin is ripped from it. There is no shortage of color in this landscape, but it isn''t simply a matter of color. There are days as harsh as they are cold, and others when you can scarcely breathe for the heat: the world is never content, the day it is will be the day it dies. The world does not lack for smells either, not even here, which is, of course, part of the world and well provided with land. Were some insignificant creature to die in the undergrowth, it would smell of death and putrefaction. Not that anyone would notice if there were no wind, even if they were to pass close by. The bones would be either washed clean by the rain or baked dry by the sun
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"Essential...A novel that resounds with relevance for our own time." -New York Times Book Review

First published in 1980, the City of Lisbon Prize-winning Raised from the Ground follows the changing fortunes of the Mau Tempo family-poor landless peasants not unlike Saramago''s own grandparents. Set in Alentejo, a southern province of Portugal known for its vast agricultural estates, the novel charts the lives of the Mau Tempos as national and international events rumble on in the background-the coming of the republic in Portugual, the two world wars, and an attempt on the dictator Salazar''s life. Yet nothing really impinges on the grim reality of the farm laborers'' lives until the first communist stirrings.

Raised from the Ground is Saramago''s most deeply personal novel, the book in which he found the signature style and voice that distinguishes all of his brilliant works.

About the Author

JOSÉ SARAMAGO (1922-2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasar and Blimunda, and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

MARGARET JULL COSTA has established herself as the premier translator of Portuguese literature into English today.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for José Saramago and Raised from the Ground "Essential...A novel that resounds with relevance for our own time." - New York Times Book Review "A beautifully written epic... Raised from the Ground presents a breathtaking view of this momentous period in Portugal''s history." - Daily Beast "Drawn from the experiences of the author''s own ancestors, the novel is sustained by Saramago''s rich descriptions, which can capture a span of time in a single image...or telescope a moment into a mystical event." - The New Yorker "A fascinating, personal portrait of a nation and its people.A great example of Saramago''s distinct voice and style, famous for its insightfulness and inventiveness and keen use of parable and irony." - Real Simple "Saramago is arguably the greatest writer of our time." - Chicago Tribune "A beautifully modulated performance, juxtaposing scenes of great, often tender lyrical beauty with scenes of violence and despair. Raised from the Ground resonates powerfully as a personal statement of beliefs." - Richmond Times-Dispatch "In the case of the Portuguese writer José Saramago, the Nobel Committee got it right for once." - The Seattle Times "It isn''t Saramago''s political pessimism that makes him a great novelist, although one may well share it. It''s his profligate interest in life, his storyteller''s joy with words, his understanding that the realms of experience and ideas need not be separate, his belief in the possibility of finding love and changing you
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