Raised from the Ground

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dec 4, 2012 - Fiction - 384 pages
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"Essential...A novel that resounds with relevance for our own time." —New York Times Book Review

First 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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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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JOS… 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.

MARGARET JULL COSTA has established herself as the premier translator of Portuguese literature into English today.

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