The History of the Siege of Lisbon

Paperback | September 30, 1998

byJose Saramago

not yet rated|write a review
In this 'ingenious' novel (New York Times) by 'one of Europe's most original and remarkable writers' (Los Angeles Times), a proofreader's deliberate slip opens the door to romance-and confounds the facts of Portugal's past. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$17.98 online
$24.99 list price
Out of stock online
Prices may vary. why?
Please call ahead to confirm inventory.

From Our Editors

A Portuguese proofreader changes history by altering a word in a text and wins the affection of his supervisor, Maria Sara. Instead of firing Raimundo for getting the facts wrong, Maria urges him to rewrite the history of the siege of Lisbon as if it were a historical romance. History of the Siege of Lisbon is a charming novel by Jose ...

From the Publisher

In this 'ingenious' novel (New York Times) by 'one of Europe's most original and remarkable writers' (Los Angeles Times), a proofreader's deliberate slip opens the door to romance-and confounds the facts of Portugal's past. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero.

JOSE 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.

other books by Jose Saramago

Blindness
Blindness

Paperback|Oct 15 1999

$15.17 online$22.50list price(save 32%)
Journey to Portugal: In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture
Journey to Portugal: In Pursuit of Portugal's History a...

Paperback|Mar 31 2002

$24.85 online$25.50list price
Death with Interruptions: A Novel
Death with Interruptions: A Novel

Paperback|Aug 31 2009

$18.50 online$22.50list price(save 17%)
see all books by Jose Saramago
Format:PaperbackDimensions:324 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.74 inPublished:September 30, 1998Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0156006243

ISBN - 13:9780156006248

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of The History of the Siege of Lisbon

Reviews

Extra Content

From Our Editors

A Portuguese proofreader changes history by altering a word in a text and wins the affection of his supervisor, Maria Sara. Instead of firing Raimundo for getting the facts wrong, Maria urges him to rewrite the history of the siege of Lisbon as if it were a historical romance. History of the Siege of Lisbon is a charming novel by Jose Saramago, one of Portugal's greatest men of letters. This epic work is one of his most impressive novels about love, memory and the perception of the past.

Editorial Reviews

Portuguese novelist Saramago (The Stone Raft, LJ 2/15/95) is fascinated by how history, often constructed from the slightest shreds, fails to acknowledge the reality of unavailable evidence. When proofreader Raimundo Silva dares to falsify a statement in a history text?namely, that Galician warriors conquered Lisbon from the Moors in 1147 without the help of returning Crusaders?instead of losing his job, he gains the respect of his supervisor and begins an affair with her. She encourages him to recast the event as a novel. Soon he is rooting for a Moor over the Archbishop of Braga and suspecting that there is more Moorish than Aryan Christian blood in the modern Portuguese nation. With its paragraph-long sentences and page-long paragraphs, this panoramic tale of daring and timidity challenges readers to consider the sprawling no man's land where fiction and history merge.?Jack Shreve, Allegany Community Coll., Cumberland, Md.