Raised from the Ground

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Harvill Secker, 2012 - Alentejo (Portugal) - 387 pages
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First published in 1980, Saramago‚e(tm)s prizewinning novel Raised from the Ground follows the changing fortunes of the Mau-Tempo family ‚e" poor, landless peasants not unlike the author‚e(tm)s own grandparents. Set in Alentejo, a southern province of Portugal known for its vast agricultural estates, Saramago charts the lives of the Mau-Tempos as national and international events rumble on in the background ‚e" the coming of the republic in Portugal, the First and Second World Wars, and an attempt on the dictator Salazar's life. Yet, nothing really impinges on the grim reality of the farm labourers' lives until the first communist stirrings.

Finally published for the first time in English, Raised from the Ground is highly political yet full of Saramago's characteristic humour and humanity, and his most autobiographical and deeply personal novel. As full of love as it is of pain, it is a vivid, moving tribute to the men and women among whom Saramago lived as a child, and a fascinating insight into the early work of this literary giant.

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RAISED FROM THE GROUND

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An early, epic novel by the late Nobel Prize winner, for completists steeped in knowledge of the author's work and his native Portugal.Though this novel won the City of Lisbon Prize upon publication ... Read full review

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User Review  - Barbara Hoffert - Book Verdict

Even as it weathers financial storms, this publisher continues putting out works by the great Portuguese Nobel prize winner that have not yet been translated, and we can only be grateful. This latest ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Josť Saramago is one of the most important international writers of the last hundred years. Born in Portugal in 1922 in the small rural village of Azinhaga, he was in his fifties when he came to prominence as a writer with the publication of Baltasar & Blimunda. A huge body of work followed, which included plays, poetry, short stories, non-fiction and over a dozen novels, translated into more than forty languages, and in 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died in June 2010.

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