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Blindness

by Jose Saramago|

October 15, 1999

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A city is hit by an epidemic of white blindness" which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers-among…read more

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A wry, fictional account of the life of Christ by Nobel laureate Jose Saramago A brilliant skeptic, Jose Saramago envisions the life of Jesus Christ and the story of his Passion as things of this earth: A child crying, the caress of a woman half asleep, the bleat of a goat, a prayer uttered in the…read more

Seeing

by Jose Saramago|

April 9, 2007

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On election day in the capital, it is raining so hard that no one has bothered to come out to vote. The politicians are growing jittery. Should they reschedule the elections for another day? Around three o'clock, the rain finally stops. Promptly at four, voters rush to the polling stations, as if…read more

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When Jose Saramago decided to write a book about Portugal, his only desire was that it be unlike all other books on the subject, and in this he has certainly succeeded. Recording the events and observations of a journey across the length and breadth of the country he loves dearly, Saramago brings…read more

Skylight

by Jose Saramago|

November 17, 2015

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The inklings of Saramago's style swell throughout . . . Skylight shines." - New York Times "Unmistakably Saramago . . . There is no shortage of wonders to be found in [ Skylight ]." - Washington Post "A fascinating and startlingly mature work . . . The book is a gem." - Boston Globe Lisbon, late…read more

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Nobel Prize-winner Jose Saramago's brilliant new novel poses the question - what happens when the grim reaper decides there will be no more death? On the first day of the new year, no one dies. This of course causes consternation among politicians, religious leaders, morticians, and doctors.…read more

All the Names

by Jose Saramago|

October 5, 2001

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Senhor Jose is a low-grade clerk in the city's Central Registry, where the living and the dead share the same shelf space. A middle-aged bachelor, he has no interest in anything beyond the certificates of birth, marriage, divorce, and death that are his daily routine. But one day, when he comes…read more

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From the recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature, a 'brilliant? enchanting novel' (New York Times Book Review) of romance, deceit, religion, and magic set in eighteenth-century Portugal at the height of the Inquisition. National bestseller. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero.read more

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The year: 1936. Europe dances while an invidious dictator establishes himself in Portugal. The city: Lisbon-gray, colorless, chimerical. Ricardo Reis, a doctor and poet, has just come home after sixteen years in Brazil. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero.read more

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A man went to knock at the king's door and said, Give me a boat. The king's house had many other doors, but this was the door for petitions. Since the king spent all his time sitting at the door for favors (favors being offered to the king, you understand), whenever he heard someone knocking at…read more

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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.read more

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Combining bitter satire, outrageous parody and uncanny hallucinations, this collection of José Saramago’s earliest stories from the beginning of his writing career attests to the novelist’s imaginative power and incomparable skill in elaborating the most extravagant fantasies.…read more