The History of the Siege of Lisbon
Raimundo Silva, a proofreader at a Portuguese publishing house, takes it upon himself to alter a key word in a text to make it read that in 1147 the king of Portugal reconquered Lisbon from the Saracens without any assistance from the Crusaders. His revision of a signal episode in Portuguese history unexpectedly and inexplicably wins the heart of his supervisor, Maria Sara, a woman of unwavering conviction. Rather than fire him as she ought to, Maria encourages Raimundo to rewrite the history of the siege of Lisbon in the grand style of a historical romance. Around this seemingly minor episode Jose Saramago constructs a broad, multifaceted tableau involving meditations on historiography and the uses and abuses of language, a parable of life under authoritarian rule, and a bittersweet romance.
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Review: The History of the Siege of LisbonUser Review - TP Williams - Goodreads
An unusual kind of love story, with a backdrop of the liberation of Lisbon from the moors, by the crusaders. As usual, meticulous detail by the author when writing of historical events. Concept of ... Read full review
Review: The History of the Siege of LisbonUser Review - Goodreads
It starts off great. I've done quite a bit of professional proofreading in my time, so I love to see my work portrayed in a comic light by a master as skilled as Saramago. A proofreader inserts an ...