All the Names

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

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User Review  - cherilove - LibraryThing

The premise for this book sounds intriguing, but the lack of paragraphs and punctuation - as in almost no punctuation, absolutely no paragraphs - was too much to consider. Read full review

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User Review  - ursula - LibraryThing

In an unnamed country, in an unnamed city, Senhor Josť works at the Central Registry. The Registry is the repository for records of the important events in the lives of the city's citizenry. A card is ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

JOSE 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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