A PROVOCATIVE AND CONTROVERSIAL TELLING OF THE LIFE OF CHRIST BY
THE 1998 NOBEL LAUREATE IN LITERATURE
For Jose Saramago, the life of Jesus Christ and the story of His
Passion are things of this earth: A child crying, a gust of wind,
the caress of a woman half asleep, the bleat of a goat or the bark
of a dog, a prayer uttered in the grayish morning light. The Holy
Family reflects the real complexities of any family, but this is
realism filled with vision, dream, and omen.
Saramago''s deft psychological portrait of a savior who is at
once the Son of God and a young man of this earth is an expert
interweaving of poetry and irony, spirituality and irreverence. The
result is nothing less than a brilliant skeptic''s wry inquest into
the meaning of God and of human existence.