Dimensions: 160 pages, 8.45 × 5.74 × 0.65 in
Published: April 25, 2012
Publisher: Verso Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1844678784
ISBN - 13: 9781844678785
From the Publisher
The Lives of Things collects José Saramago's early
experiments with the short story form, attesting to the young
novelist's imaginative power and incomparable skill in elaborating
the most extravagant fantasies. Combining bitter satire, outrageous
parody and Kafkaesque hallucinations, these stories explore the
horror and repression that paralyzed Portugal under the Salazar
regime and pay tribute to human resilience in the face of injustice
and institutionalized tyranny.
Beautifully written and deeply unsettling, The Lives of
Things illuminates the development of Saramago's prose and
records the genesis of themes that resound throughout his novels.
About the Author
The Portuguese Nobel Laureate Jose? Saramago was a
novelist, playwright and journalist. His numerous books, including
the bestselling All the Names, Blindness, and The
Cave, have been translated into more than forty languages and
have established him as one of the world's most influential
writers. He died in June 2010.
Giovanni Pontiero (1932-1996) was the ablest
translator of twentieth century literature in Portuguese and one of
its most ardent advocates. He was the principal translator into
English of the works of José Saramago and was awarded the
Teixeira-Gomes Prize for his translation of The Gospel
According to Jesus Christ.
“A poetic encapsulation of Saramago’s extraordinary talent...Saramago’s stories have a renewed vibrancy in the current climate of doomsday scenarios, broken balance sheets and government debt. They remind us that when the law fails, a good metaphor can take its place.”—Michael Thomsen, Bookforum “An intriguing coda to a fascinating career.”— Metro “Easily bears comparison to Calvino and Borges, albeit with a more politically astute edge ... a welcome reminder of why he deserved the Nobel.”— Scotland on Sunday “One of the giants of European literature ... For new readers, this collection is an essential introduction to Saramago’s concerns with social decay, alienation and political repression and the alternatives to them. For devotees, it is one to savour.”— Morning Star “Here, the literary lion experiments with shorter, more inventive forms, and the results are lucid and impressive...Saramago’s considerable talent is clearly manifest.”— Publishers Weekly “ The Lives of Things is a wonderful artifact ... it is, like all his books, intoxicating reading...Moribund, absurd, flickering quickly between mirth and horror, these stories are filled with the master scribe’s sibylline ruminations on mortality and language, and a gentle, blossoming beauty.”— Fast Forward Weekly “Saramago’s prose is richly colorful, descriptive and frequently