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José Saramago
Birth date: November 16, 1922
Died: June 18, 2010
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Locus Amoenus: All By My Shelf
Locus Amoenus: All By My Shelf rated it 1 year ago
Al día siguiente no murió nadie. In his novels, Saramago often liked to explore the deep-reaching consequences of having a single brick removed from the foundation of society, and watching everything come down. In this case, it's death. At the start of the book, we're told that the citizens of a...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 2 years ago
“A MAN WENT TO KNOCK AT THE KING’S DOOR AND said, Give me a boat."In “The Tale of the Unknown Island” by José SaramagoI love the way Saramago builds this parable by using the Portuguese King D. João II and Columbus. He went to Lisbon in 1476 and remained here for several years, seeking the support o...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 2 years ago
“If Adam was punished for wishing to resemble God, how do men come to have God inside them without being punished, and even when they do not wish to receive Him they go unpunished, for to have and not to wish to have God inside oneself amounts to the same absurdity, and the same impossible situation...
Merle
Merle rated it 3 years ago
Look, I like fiction that teaches me about history and deals with social issues, and I don’t mind a bit of stylistic experimentation. But I have my limits. This so-called novel is about 30% story, 10% flights of fancy and 60% unsourced treatise on labor relations in 20th century Portugal. Several ge...
The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it 3 years ago
So, Saramago goes trolling through the old testament.I really liked "The Gospel according to Jesus Christ", and have read some very interesting takes on the Cain and Abel story (like Unamuno's Abel Sanchez), but I didn't much care for this one. After the first quarter, I had trouble staying engaged,...
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