The History of the Siege of Lisbon by José Saramago

The History of the Siege of Lisbon

byJosé Saramago

Kobo ebook | September 1, 1998

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A proofreader realizes his power to edit the truth on a whim, in a “brilliantly original” novel by a Nobel Prize winner (Los Angeles Times Book Review).
 
Raimundo Silva is a middle-aged, celibate clerk, proofing manuscripts for a respectable publishing house. Fluent in Portuguese, he has been assigned to work on a standard history of the country, and the twelfth-century king who laid siege to Lisbon. In a moment of subversive daring, Raimundo decides to change just one single word of text—a capricious revision that completely undoes the past. When discovered, his insolent disregard for facts appalls his employers—save for his new editor, Maria Sara. She suggests that Rainmundo take his transgressions even further.
 
Through Rainmundo and Maria’s eyes, what transpires is an alternate view of history and a colorful reinvention of a debatable truth. It’s a serpentine journey through time where past and present converge, fact becomes myth, and fiction and reality blur—especially for Rainmundo and Maria themselves, who begin to find themselves erotically drawn to each other.
 
“Walter Mitty has nothing on Raimundo Silva . . . this hypnotic tale is a great comic romp through history, language and the imagination.” —Publishers Weekly
 
Translated by Giovanni Pontiero
 
Title:The History of the Siege of LisbonFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Mariner BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0547540345

ISBN - 13:9780547540344

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing plot, difficult writing style If you've never read a Saramago novel before than you should be aware that he doesn't like pauses in his writing. That often means long sentences, page-long paragraphs (typically a few pages long actually) and no chapters. The effect can be somewhat overwhelming and unfortunately it would sometimes detract from what would otherwise be a smart and intriguing plot. I really felt for the characters more than I expected and was drawn in to the conflict between them. There are some really great ideas at play here and it was a great read by the end, I just wish it had been presented in a different format (i.e. in digestable paragraphs).
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In my Top 5 of all time favourites! This is a fantastic book. I found the premise to be quite original. Deeply thought provoking on many levels. The writing style is a bit odd and I thought that I would not enjoy the book because of it, but once I got used to it, the story itself is very powerful.
Date published: 2015-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant The Stone Raft is good enough to restore ones faith in the power of literature. Jose Saramago seems to have remembered that the basis of any great novel is the story. And this is a great story. One day, the Iberian Peninsula shears off from the European continent and begins to drift across the Atlantic Ocean. A diverse group of Portugese and Spaniards wander across the "island" searching for answers as to why this has occured. What they find are the answers to many important and difficult questions. Fortunately, the "point" of the story never gets in the way of what is a great adventure. Touching, gripping, eye opening and hugely entertaining, this is one of the best novels I have read in years.
Date published: 2000-07-20