All the Names

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Harvest, 2001 - Fiction - 245 pages
21 Reviews
Senhor Josť is a low-grade clerk in the city's Central Registry, where the living and the dead share the same shelf space. A middle-aged bachelor, he has no interest in anything beyond the certificates of birth, marriage, divorce, and death that are his daily routine. But one day, when he comes across the records of an anonymous young woman, something happens to him. Obsessed, Senhor Josť sets off to follow the thread that may lead him to the woman-but as he gets closer, he discovers more about her, and about himself, than he would ever have wished.

The loneliness of people's lives, the effects of chance, the discovery of love-all coalesce in this extraordinary novel that displays the power and art of Josť Saramago in brilliant form.

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User Review  - Bethan - Goodreads

It really is a great story, touching, haunting and beautiful in its own way - Saramago did not win the Nobel Prize for literature for nothing - but I have a problem with the way it's written. It's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael D - Goodreads

A Kafkaesque/Borgesian fantasy involving a meek civil servant and his attempts to locate an elusive woman who has become lodged in his imagination. I enjoyed this but the manner of the telling was too dry and formal (by default) for my taste. Good ending though. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Josť Saramago was born in Portugal in 1922. He is the author of six novels, including Baltasar and Blimunda and The History of the Siege of Lisbon. His backlist is available in Harvest editions.

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