324 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.74 in
September 30, 1998
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0156006243
ISBN - 13: 9780156006248
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.
About the Author
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.
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.
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.