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Title:The History of the Siege of Lisbon
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Publisher:Harvill Press
ISBN:1860467229
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Number of Pages:314
Category:Fiction, Portugal, Historical fiction, Portuguese literature

The History of the Siege of Lisbon by José Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The History of the Siege of Lisbon If proofreaders were given their freedom and did not have their hands and feet tied by a mass of prohibitions more binding than the penal code they would soon transform the face of the world establish the kingdom of universal happiness giving drink to the thirsty food to the famished peace to those who live in turmoil joy to the sorrowful for they would be able to do all these things simply by changing the words The power of the word is evident in Portuguese author Jos Saramago s novel i The History of the Siege of Lisbon i His protagonist a proofreader named Raimundo Silva adds a key word to a history of Portugal and thus rewrites not only the past but also his own life p Brilliantly translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero i The History of the Siege of Lisbon i is a meditation on the differences between historiography historical fiction and stories inserted into history The novel is really two stories in one the reimagined history of the siege of Lisbon that Raimundo feels compelled to write and the story of Raimundo s life including his unexpected love affair with the editor Maria Sara In Saramago s masterful hands the strands of this complex tale weave together to create a satisfying whole p

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Seeing, The Cave, Blindness, Death with Interruptions, Baltasar and Blimunda, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, Caim, The Double, A Viagem do Elefante, All the Names
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 they had been ordered to appear br br But when the ballots are counted more than percent are blank The citizens are rebellious A state of emergency is declared 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 Could she be behind the blank ballots A police superintendent is put on the case br br What begins as a satire on governments and the sometimes dubious efficacy of the democratic system turns into something far more sinister A singular novel from the author of Blindness, This is a skeptic s journey into the meaning of God and of human existence At once an ironic rendering of the life of Christ and a beautiful novel Saramago s tale has sparked intense discussion about the meaning of Christianity and the Church as an institution Translated by Giovanni Pontiero br, 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, Neste novo romance o vencedor do pr mio Nobel Jos Saramago reconta epis dios b blicos do Velho Testamento sob o ponto de vista de Caim que depois de assassinar seu irm o trava um incomum acordo com deus e parte numa jornada que o levar do jardim do den aos mais rec nditos confins da cria o br Se em O Evangelho segundo Jesus Cristo Jos Saramago nos deu sua vis o do Novo Testamento neste Caim ele se volta aos primeiros livros da B blia do den ao dil vio imprimindo ao Antigo Testamento a m sica e o humor refinado que marcam sua obra Num itiner rio heterodoxo Saramago percorre cidades decadentes e est bulos pal cios de tiranos e campos de batalha conforme o leitor acompanha uma guerra secular e de certo modo involunt ria entre criador e criatura No trajeto o leitor revisitar epis dios b blicos conhecidos mas sob uma perspectiva inteiramente diferente br Para atravessar esse caminho rido um deus s turras com a pr pria administra o colocar Caim assassino do irm o Abel e primog nito de Ad o e Eva num altivo jegue e caber dupla encontrar o rumo entre as armadilhas do tempo que insistem em atra los A Caim que leva a marca do senhor na testa e portanto est protegido das iniquidades do homem resta aceitar o destino amargo e compactuar com o criador a quem n o reserva o melhor dos julgamentos Tal como o diabo de O Evangelho o deus que o leitor encontra aqui n o o habitual dos serm es ao reinventar o Antigo Testamento Saramago recria tamb m seus principais protagonistas dando a eles uma roupagem ao mesmo tempo complexa e ir nica cujo tom de farsa da narrativa s faz por acentuar