All the Names

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Harvill, 2000 - Clerks - 243 pages
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"Senhor Jose is a minor official in a registry office. He lives alone and spends his days in the documentation of the bare essentials birth, marriage and death of the lives of people he doesn t know. By chance he comes across a woman s file, in which her date and place of birth are not recorded, and his ordered, restricted life is turned upside down. Determined to discover more about the woman, he breaches all the regulations which have previously ruled his life. His quest becomes an obsession and gives a new meaning to his life yet his attempt to play God with other peoples lives is destined to create new mysteries and complexities. In Senhor Jose, drawn from isolation into contact with the messy realities of human relationships, Saramago has created one of his most memorable characters and All the Names is one of his most subtle and engaging novels. "

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a story that is unpredictable. great writing style. mysterious. Read full review

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My favorite Saramago novel, it kept me up reading in the middle of the night by the light of a flashlight. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
19
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About the author (2000)

Josť Saramago was born on November 16, 1922. He spent most of his childhood on his parent's farm, except while attending school in Lisbon. Before devoting himself exclusively to writing novels in 1976, he worked as a draftsman, a publisher's reader, an editor, translator, and political commentator for Diario de Lisboa. He is indisputably Portugal's best-known literary figure and his books have been translated into more than 25 languages. Although he wrote his first novel in 1947, he waited some 35 years before winning critical acclaim for work such as the Memorial do Convento. His works include The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, The Stone Raft, Baltasar and Blimunda, The History of the Siege of Lisbon, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, and Blindness. At age 75, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998 for his work in which "parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony, continually enables us to apprehend an elusory reality." He died from a prolonged illness that caused multiple organ failure on June 18, 2010 at the age of 87.

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