At once an epic adventure and a profound fable about the state of the European project, social, The Stone Raft is a “hauntingly lyrical narrative with political, and moral underpinnings” Booklist that “may be Saramago’s finest work” Los Angeles Times. 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.
The Stone Raft Harvest Book #ad - 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. 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.
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. Meanwhile, five people on the island are drawn together—first by a string of surreal events and then by love.
The History of the Siege of Lisbon: A NovelMariner Books #ad - When discovered, his insolent disregard for facts appalls his employers—save for his new editor, Maria Sara. 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.
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 . 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.
Through rainmundo and maria’s eyes, what transpires is an alternate view of history and a colorful reinvention of a debatable truth. Walter mitty has nothing on Raimundo Silva . . . She suggests that Rainmundo take his transgressions even further.
All the NamesMariner Books #ad - 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. From a nobel prize winner: “A psychological, even metaphysical thriller that will keep you turning the pages .
All the Names #ad - . . 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. 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.
A middle-aged bachelor, divorce, marriage, he has no interest in anything beyond the certificates of birth, and death that are his daily routine.
The CaveMariner Books #ad - Unwilling to give up his craft, Cipriano tries his hand at making ceramic dolls. Apt as the comparison is, it doesn’t convey the warmth and rueful human dimension of novels like Blindness and All the Names. Marçal works there as a security guard, and Cipriano drives him to work each day before delivering his own humble pots and jugs.
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 . . . The struggle of the individual against bureaucracy and anonymity is one of the great subjects of modern literature, and Saramago is often matched with Kafka as one of its premier exponents.
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. 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.
The Cave #ad - On one such trip, he is told not to make any more deliveries. 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. People prefer plastic, apparently. A los angeles times best book of the year and a new york times notable book Cipriano Algor, an imposing complex of shops, an elderly potter, lives with his daughter Marta and her husband Marçal in a small village on the outskirts of The Center, apartments, and offices.
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis Harvest in TranslationMariner Books #ad - 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 . What’s brought him back is word that the great poet, Fernando Pessoa, has died. 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.
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis Harvest in Translation #ad - 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. 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.
Ricardo reis has returned home to Lisbon after a long sojourn in Brazil. The year is 1936, and the dictator António de Oliveira Salazar is establishing himself in Portugal, edging his country toward civil war. At the same time, Dr.
Baltasar and Blimunda: A Novel Harvest BookMariner Books #ad - Meanwhile, angry crowds and abused peasants rejoice in spectacles of cruelty, amid the fires and horrors of the Inquisition, from bullfighting to auto-da-fe; disgraced priests openly flout God’s laws; and chaos reigns over a society on the brink of disaster. 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, equal parts historical fiction, political satire, José Saramago spins an epic and captivating yarn, renowned Portuguese writer and winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature, religious criticism, and whimsical romance.
Baltasar and Blimunda: A Novel Harvest Book #ad - Hailed by usa today as “an unexpected gem, full of magic and adventure, exquisite historical detail, ” Baltasar and Blimunda is a captivating literary tour de force, and the power of both human folly and human will. A young couple, live out a sweet, if tormented, brought together by chance, 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.
The Double: A NovelMariner Books #ad - As this novel by the author of blindness and All the Names begins, Tertuliano Máximo Afonso is a divorced, depressed history teacher. But during the night, exactly like he did five years earlier, when he is awakened by noise, more specifically, he finds the VCR replaying the video and watches in astonishment as a man who looks exactly like him—or, mustachioed and fuller in the face—appears on the screen.
A “wonderfully twisted meditation on identity and individuality” from a Nobel Prize–winning author who pushes fiction to its very limits The Boston Globe. Against his own better judgment, Tertuliano decides to pursue his double. As he roots out the man’s identity, what begins as a whimsical chase becomes a probing investigation into what makes us human.
The Double: A Novel #ad - 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 . To lift his spirits, a colleague suggests he rent a certain video. Tertuliano watches the film, unimpressed.
Too Loud a Solitude: A NovelMariner Books #ad - In this “irresistibly eccentric romp, ” the author Milan Kundera has called “our very best writer today” celebrates the power and the indestructibility of the written word The New York Times Book Review. Every evening, carries them home, he rescues books from the jaws of his hydraulic press, and fills his house with them.
Too Loud a Solitude: A Novel #ad - . A fable about the power of books and knowledge, “finely balanced between pathos and comedy, ” from one of Czechoslovakia’s most popular authors Los Angeles Times. A new york times notable book Haňtá has been compacting trash for thirty-five years. Haňtá may be an idiot, as his boss calls him, but he is an idiot with a difference—the ability to quote the Talmud, Hegel, and Lao-Tzu.
SeeingMariner Books #ad - Should they reschedule the elections for another day? Around three o’clock, the rain finally stops. But are the authorities acting too precipitously? Or even blindly? The word evokes terrible memories of the plague of blindness that hit the city four years before, and of the one woman who kept her sight.
. But when the ballots are counted, more than 70 percent are blank. A state of emergency is declared. The politicians are growing jittery. Could she be behind the blank ballots? A police superintendent is put on the case. On election day in the capital, it is raining so hard that no one has bothered to come out to vote.
Seeing #ad - Promptly at four, voters rush to the polling stations, as if they had been ordered to appear. The citizens are rebellious. A singular novel from the author of Blindness. What begins as a satire on governments and the sometimes dubious efficacy of the democratic system turns into something far more sinister.
A Manuscript of Ashes: A NovelHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Looking for a book, he unravels a crime. One of spain’s most celebrated literary figures, the author of Sepharad and In the Night of Time weaves a “rapturously gothic” tale that is both a novel of ideas and an intricately plotted mystery The New York Sun. 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.
Minaya, a university student in Madrid, is caught up in the student protests and the police are after him. In this “beautifully wrought” novel set in Franco-era Spain, a university student stumbles into a decades-old mystery New York magazine. Engaged to manuel, she was shot in the attic of the house on her wedding night.
A Manuscript of Ashes: A Novel #ad - 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, thirty years earlier, during the Spanish Civil War, both his uncle and Solana were in love with the same woman, journals—and Minaya soon discovers that, the beautiful, photographs, unsettling Mariana.
Baba Yaga Laid an EggCanongate U.S. #ad - With barbed wisdom and razor-sharp wit, ugresic weaves together the stories of four women in contemporary Eastern Europe: a writer who grants her dying mother’s final wish by traveling to her hometown in Bulgaria, an elderly woman who wakes up every day hoping to die, a buxom blonde hospital worker who’s given up on love, and a serial widow who harbors a secret talent for writing.
Multilayered narratives come together as an exploration of femininity, mortality, identity, and folklore’s wondrous powers. Booklist according to slavic myth, Baba Yaga is a witch who lives in a house built on chicken legs and kidnaps small children. Ugresic’s postmodern take on myth, femininity, and aging provides a beautifully written window into Slavic literature.
Baba Yaga Laid an Egg #ad - Publishers Weekly. In baba yaga laid an egg, aging, internationally acclaimed writer Dubravka Ugresic takes the timeless legend and spins it into a fresh and distinctly modern tale of femininity, identity, and love. Through the women’s fears and desires, and their struggles against invisibility, Ugresic presents a brilliantly postmodern retelling of an ancient myth that is infused with humanity and the joy of storytelling.