All the Names

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Harvest, 2001 - Fiction - 245 pages
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Senhor José 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 José 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 José Saramago in brilliant form.

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José Saramago's 1986 novel “The Stone Raft” can be seen, I think, as a turning point in his writing career. It is playfully surreal like many of his previous works but it begins a concern with ... Read full review

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Reminds me of Gilliam's Brazil with all the bureaucratic nonsense. But, then there's a moment of still beauty shuffled in the paperwork. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

José 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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