Manual of Painting and Calligraphy (Google eBook)
Manual of Painting and Calligraphy was José Saramago’s first novel. Written eight years before the critically acclaimed Baltasar and Blimunda, it is a story of self-discovery set against the background of the last years of Salazar’s dictatorship. A struggling young artist, commissioned to paint a portrait of an influential industrialist, learns in the process about himself and the world around him. The brilliant juxtaposition of a passionate love story and the crisis of a nation foreshadows all of Saramago’s major works. A must-have for any devotee of the great Portuguese Nobel laureate, Manual of Painting and Calligraphy is available in the United States for the first time.
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Pretty well Saramago's first book, containing many of the themes later developed in Blindness, Seeing, All The Names etc, charming and engrossing. Perhaps best read after some of the aforementioned. Read full review
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