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Title:All the Names
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Publisher:Mariner Books
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Number of Pages:245
Category:Fiction, Portugal, Novels, Portuguese literature

All the Names by José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC All the Names Senhor Jos 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 across the records of an anonymous young woman something happens to him Obsessed Senhor Jos sets off to follow the thread that may lead him to the woman but as he gets closer he discovers more about her and about himself than he would ever have wished .

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 Jos Saramago in brilliant form .

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Senhor Jos 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 across the records of an anonymous young woman something happens to him Obsessed Senhor Jos sets off to follow the thread that may lead him to the woman but as he gets closer he discovers more about her and about himself than he would ever have wished br br 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 Jos Saramago in brilliant form br br, b From Nobel Prize winning author Jos Saramago a magnificent mesmerizing parable of loss b br br A city is hit by an epidemic of white blindness that spares no one Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital but there the criminal element holds everyone captive stealing food rations and assaulting women There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides her charges among them a boy with no mother a girl with dark glasses a dog of tears through the barren streets and their procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing As i Blindness i reclaims the age old story of a plague it evokes the vivid and trembling horrors of the twentieth century leaving readers with a powerful vision of the human spirit that s bound both by weakness and exhilarating strength, From the recipient of the 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 br br When King and Church exercise absolute power what happens to the dreams of ordinary people In early eighteenth century Lisbon Baltasar a soldier who has lost a hand in battle falls in love with Blimunda a young girl with visionary powers From the day that he follows her home from the auto da fe where her mother is condemned and sent into exile the two are bound body and soul by a love of unassailable strength A third party shares their supper that evening Padre Bartolemeu Louren o whose fantasy is to invent a flying machine As the inquisition rages and royalty and religion clash they pursue his impossible not to mention heretical dream of flight, Tertuliano Maximo Afonso is a history teacher in a secondary school He is divorced involved in a rather one sided relationship with a bank clerk and he is depressed To lift his depression a colleague suggests he rent a certain video Tertuliano watches the film and is unimpressed During the night noises in his apartment wake him He goes into the living room to find that the VCR is replaying the video and as he watches in astonishment he sees a man who looks exactly like him or more specifically exactly like the man he was five years before moustachioed and fuller in the face He sleeps badly br br Against his own better judgement Tertuliano decides to pursue his double As he establishes the man s identity what begins as a whimsical story becomes a dark meditation on identity and perhaps on the crass assumptions behind cloning that we are merely our outward appearance rather than the sum of our experiences