. . Raimundo silva is a middle-aged, celibate clerk, proofing manuscripts for a respectable publishing house. She suggests that Rainmundo take his transgressions even further. 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.
It’s a serpentine journey through time where past and present converge, and fiction and reality blur—especially for Rainmundo and Maria themselves, fact becomes myth, who begin to find themselves erotically drawn to each other. This hypnotic tale is a great comic romp through history, language and the imagination.
The History of the Siege of Lisbon: A Novel #ad - Publishers weekly Translated by Giovanni Pontiero . 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.
The Stone Raft Harvest BookMariner Books #ad - A “marvelously amusing” political fable in which part of the European continent breaks off and drifts away on its own Publishers Weekly, starred review. Taking to the road to explore the limits of their now finite land, they find themselves adrift in a world made new by this radical shift in perspective.
A nobel prize winner who has been called “the García Márquez of Portugal” New Statesman chronicles world events on a human scale in this exhilarating allegorical novel. Translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero. At once an epic adventure and a profound fable about the state of the European project, The Stone Raft is a “hauntingly lyrical narrative with political, social, and moral underpinnings” Booklist that “may be Saramago’s finest work” Los Angeles Times.
The Stone Raft Harvest Book #ad - One day, quite inexplicably, the Iberian Peninsula simply breaks free from the European continent and begins to drift as if it were a sort of stone raft. Meanwhile, five people on the island are drawn together—first by a string of surreal events and then by love. Panic ensues as residents and tourists attempt to escape, while crowds gather on cliffs to watch the newly formed island sail off into the sea.
As bureaucrats ponder what to do about their unusual predicament, spiritual, the intertwined lives of these five strangers are clarified and forever changed by a physical, and sexual voyage to an unknown destination.
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis Harvest in TranslationMariner Books #ad - From the nobel prize-winning author: “a capacious, funny, threatening novel” of wandering souls and political upheaval in 1930s Portugal The New York Times Book Review. As a fascist revolution roils, and as reis’s path intersects with three relative strangers—two living, one dead—Reis may finally discover the reality of his own chimerical existence.
At the same time, Dr. With no intention of resuming his practice, wastes his days strolling the boulevards and back streets, Reis now dabbles in his own poetry, engages in affairs with two different women—and is followed through each excursion by Pessoa’s ghost. What’s brought him back is word that the great poet, Fernando Pessoa, has died.
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis Harvest in Translation #ad - Ricardo reis has returned home to Lisbon after a long sojourn in Brazil. A rich story about human relationships and dreams. The new york times called “a magnificent tour-de-force, perhaps one of the best novels published in Europe since World War II” The Bloomsbury Review and “altogether remarkable” The Wall Street Journal, The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis is a PEN Award winner and stands among the finest works by the author of Blindness.
Translated by Giovanni Pontiero . The year is 1936, and the dictator António de Oliveira Salazar is establishing himself in Portugal, edging his country toward civil war.
All the NamesMariner Books #ad - A middle-aged bachelor, he has no interest in anything beyond the certificates of birth, marriage, divorce, and death that are his daily routine. The loneliness of people’s lives, the effects of chance, the discovery of love—all coalesce in this extraordinary novel that displays the power and art of José Saramago in brilliant form.
All the Names #ad - From a nobel prize winner: “A psychological, even metaphysical thriller that will keep you turning the pages . . . With growing alarm and alacrity. The seattle times a washington post book world favorite book of the Year Senhor José is a low-grade clerk in the city’s Central Registry, where the living and the dead share the same shelf space.
But one day, when he comes across the records of an anonymous young woman, something happens to him. Obsessed, senhor josé sets off to follow the thread that may lead him to the woman—but as he gets closer, and about himself, he discovers more about her, than he would ever have wished.
Baltasar and Blimunda: A Novel Harvest BookMariner Books #ad - A lonely priest works in maniacal solitude on his Passarola, a heretical flying machine he hopes will allow him to soar far from the madness surrounding him. Weaving together multiple storylines to present both breathtaking fiction and incisive commentary, José Saramago spins an epic and captivating yarn, religious criticism, political satire, renowned Portuguese writer and winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature, equal parts historical fiction, and whimsical romance.
The portuguese king promises the greedy prelates of the Church an expansive new convent, should they intercede with God to give him an heir. A romance and an adventure, a rumination on royalty and religion in 18th-century Portugal and a bitterly ironic comment on the uses of power. The new york times Portugal, 1711.
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Hailed by usa today as “an unexpected gem, full of magic and adventure, ” Baltasar and Blimunda is a captivating literary tour de force, exquisite historical detail, and the power of both human folly and human will.
The CaveMariner Books #ad - When mysterious sounds of digging emerge from beneath their new apartment, Cipriano and Marçal investigate; what they find transforms the family’s life, in a novel that is both “irrepressibly funny” The Christian Science Monitor and a “triumph” The Washington Post Book World. An unassuming family struggles to keep up with the ruthless pace of progress in “a genuinely brilliant novel” from a Nobel Prize winner Chicago Tribune.
A los angeles times best book of the year and a new york times notable book Cipriano Algor, an imposing complex of shops, apartments, lives with his daughter Marta and her husband Marçal in a small village on the outskirts of The Center, an elderly potter, and offices. Marçal works there as a security guard, and Cipriano drives him to work each day before delivering his own humble pots and jugs.
The Cave #ad - Astonishingly, the center places an order for hundreds, and Cipriano and Marta set to work—until the order is cancelled and the penniless trio must move from the village into The Center. A remarkably generous and eloquent novel. Publishers weekly Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa. Unwilling to give up his craft, Cipriano tries his hand at making ceramic dolls.
Those qualities are particularly evident in his latest brilliant, dark allegory, which links the encroaching sterility of modern life to the parable of Plato’s cave . . .
Journey to Portugal: In Pursuit of Portugal's History and CultureMariner Books #ad - Always meticulously attentive to those elements of ancient Portugal that persist today, Saramago examines the country in its current period of rapid transition and growth. . Forfeiting sources of information such as tourist guides and road maps, he scours the country with the eyes and ears of an observer fascinated by the ancient myths and history of his people.
Whether an inaccessible medieval fortress set on a cliff, explorers, saints, writers, warriors, painters, or a grand mansion in the city, the extraordinary places of this land come alive with kings, a wayside chapel thick with cobwebs, and sinners. When josé saramago decided some twenty years ago 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.
Journey to Portugal: In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture #ad - Recording the events and observations of a journey across the length and breadth of the country he loves dearly, Saramago brings Portugal to life as only a writer of his brilliance can. Infused with the tenderness and intelligence that have become familiar to his readers, Saramago's Journey to Portugal is an ode of love for a country and its rich traditions.
The Voyage OutOpen Road Media #ad - Aboard her father’s cargo ship, her aunt and uncle, young Rachel Vinrace meets Helen and Ridley Ambrose, who invite her to join them at a South American resort for the winter. As poignant as anything in modern fiction”: An English girl comes of age on a journey to South America in this debut novel by the author of Mrs.
Dalloway E. M. For all its tragic interest, the voyage Out is not low-keyed; it even has a slight buoyancy of tone, as if clear perception itself brought a continual zest to its writer. . With an appearance by clarissa dalloway—and a fateful encounter between her husband and Rachel—Virginia Woolf’s debut novel anticipates the groundbreaking brilliance of her later works while displaying all their wit, insight, and heartbreaking sensitivity.
The Voyage Out #ad - Forster. Shy and introspective, rachel tentatively agrees, and soon finds herself on a voyage of liberation and self-discovery as she experiences the excitement and calamity of young love. Woolf has the diversity of power which makes the great writer of narrative. New republic this ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
The Double: A NovelMariner Books #ad - But during the night, exactly like he did five years earlier, more specifically, he finds the VCR replaying the video and watches in astonishment as a man who looks exactly like him—or, when he is awakened by noise, mustachioed and fuller in the face—appears on the screen. Can we be reduced to our outward appearance, the double is a timeless novel from a writer john Updike described in The New Yorker as “like Faulkner, rather than the sum of our experiences? The inspiration for the film Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Denis Villeneuve, so confident of his resources and ultimate destination that he can bring any impossibility to life by hurling words at it.
It’s tempting to think of The Double as his masterpiece. The new york times translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa . Against his own better judgment, Tertuliano decides to pursue his double. As this novel by the author of blindness and All the Names begins, Tertuliano Máximo Afonso is a divorced, depressed history teacher.
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Tertuliano watches the film, unimpressed.
A Manuscript of Ashes: A NovelHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Looking for a book, he unravels a crime. Is an enigmatic gem in the very best metafiction tradition. Library Journal. A brilliant novel by an important writer unafraid of ideas, emotions and genuine beauty. Los angeles times “Already a contemporary classic, this work . . . It’s the late sixties, the last dark years of Franco’s dictatorship.
The country house is full of traces of the poet—notes, photographs, thirty years earlier, during the Spanish Civil War, the beautiful, both his uncle and Solana were in love with the same woman, journals—and Minaya soon discovers that, unsettling Mariana. Engaged to manuel, she was shot in the attic of the house on her wedding night.
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He moves to his uncle manuel’s country estate in the small town of Mágina to write his thesis on an old friend of his uncle, an obscure republican poet named Jacinto Solana. In this “beautifully wrought” novel set in Franco-era Spain, a university student stumbles into a decades-old mystery New York magazine.
With the aid of inés, minaya begins to search for Solana’s lost masterpiece, a maid, a novel called Beatus Ille.
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Traveling to faro, portugal, journalist Joanna Millard hopes to escape an unsatisfying relationship and a stalled career. But behind the crumbling facades of Moorish buildings, Joanna soon realizes, Faro has a seedy underbelly, its economy compromised by corruption and wartime spoils. Only rylands insists the book isn’t fiction, and as joanna reads deeper into The Alliance, she begins to suspect that Esta Hartford’s story and Nathan Emberlin’s may indeed converge in Faro—where the past not only casts a long shadow but still exerts a very present danger.
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Joanna’s subsequent search leads her to Ian Rylands, an English expat who cryptically insists she will find answers in The Alliance, a novel written by American Esta Hartford. Faro is an enchanting town, and the seaside views are enhanced by the company of Nathan Emberlin, a charismatic younger man.