A multigenerational family saga that paints a sweeping
portrait of twentieth-century Portugal
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.
Finally available in English, 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