Manual of Painting and Calligraphy (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 1, 2012 - Fiction - 250 pages
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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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Manual of Painting and Calligraphy

User Review  - Kate Gray - Book Verdict

Published in 1976, Portuguese Nobel Laureate Saramago's first novel has never been available in the United States. Its misleading title, especially coming from an author known primarily as a ... Read full review

Manual of Painting and Calligraphy

User Review  - Barbara Hoffert - Book Verdict

Published in 1976 but only now being translated into English, Saramago's first novel examines the very act of artistic creation. It shows a portrait painter struggling to capture the likeness of a ... Read full review

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JOSÉ SARAMAGO (1922–2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasar and Blimunda, and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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