Raised from the Ground
"Essential...A novel that resounds with relevance for our own time." —New York Times Book ReviewFirst published in 1980, the City of Lisbon Prize–winning Raised from the Ground follows the changing fortunes of the Mau Tempo family—poor landless peasants not unlike Saramago’s own grandparents. Set in Alentejo, a southern province of Portugal known for its vast agricultural estates, the novel charts the lives of the Mau Tempos as national and international events rumble on in the background—the coming of the republic in Portugual, the two world wars, and an attempt on the dictator Salazar’s life. Yet nothing really impinges on the grim reality of the farm laborers’ lives until the first communist stirrings.
Raised from the Ground is Saramago’s most deeply personal novel, the book in which he found the signature style and voice that distinguishes all of his brilliant works.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - michaelbartley - LibraryThing
I am writing this review at 4 AM so please forgive any strange words or lack of insights. the novel covers 3 generations that struggle each day. set in his land Portugal Saramago explores the flow of ... Read full review
RAISED FROM THE GROUNDUser 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