All the Names

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Harvest, 2001 - Fiction - 245 pages
35 Reviews
Senhor Josť 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 Josť 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 Josť Saramago in brilliant form.

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User Review  - Claudia Majetich - Goodreads

Some parts of the writing were quite good. I loved the image of his talking to the ceiling, which had a personality, when he was trying to figure out what to do. I also like some of the dryly sarcastic comments that made me laugh out loud. Overall, it didn't grab me too much. Read full review

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User Review  - Erich - Goodreads

When characters don't act like humans I like them to be weirded out by it too. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Josť Saramago was born in Portugal in 1922. He is the author of six novels, including Baltasar and Blimunda and The History of the Siege of Lisbon. His backlist is available in Harvest editions.

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