The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis

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Harvill Press, May 1, 1998 - Fiction - 358 pages
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It is 1936, Salazar is in power in Portugal and Ricardo Reis is back in Lisbon again after 16 years as a doctor in Brazil. He checks into a waterfront hotel and begins to renew his acquaintance with the city, occasionally thinking vaguely of practising medicine again but more often amusing himself with poetic and philosophical musings. Ricardo Reis spends his time in the company of the poet Fernando Pessoa -awho still wears the suit in which he was buried a few weeks earlier. Reis' other companions are Marcenda, the girl with the paralysed hand, and his hotel chambermaid, who shares his bed. In Ricardo Reis, Saramago has created one of the most enigmatic characters in modern fiction, a man in touch with every facet of life at a moment in history when every certainty in civilised society is about to be scattered to the wind.

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This book is a great introduction to Pessoa. - Goodreads
I love Saramago's style of writing. - Goodreads
It is a deeper read than a simple storytelling. - Goodreads
The premise is an interesting one. - Goodreads
So the writing I loved. - Goodreads
Such a strange experience of plot. - Goodreads

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wonderful book where you can 'see' written pictures of heart of Lisbon. this written landscape contrasts with hidden iberian fascism dark time aliances between Franco and Salazar. An impossible love ... Read full review

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a good describe & desing of a special character. Read full review

About the author (1998)

Josť Saramago is one of the most important international writers of the last hundred years. Born in Portugal in 1922, he was in his sixties when he came to prominence as a writer with the publication of Baltasar and Blimunda. A huge body of work followed, translated into almost fifty languages, and in 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Saramago died in June 2010.

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