Manual of Painting and Calligraphy

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 1, 2012 - Fiction - 250 pages
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Manual of Painting and Calligraphy was José Saramago’s first novel. Written eight years before the critically acclaimed Baltasar and Blimunda, it is a story of self-discovery set against the background of the last years of Salazar’s dictatorship. A struggling young artist, commissioned to paint a portrait of an influential industrialist, learns in the process about himself and the world around him. The brilliant juxtaposition of a passionate love story and the crisis of a nation foreshadows all of Saramago’s major works. A must-have for any devotee of the great Portuguese Nobel laureate, Manual of Painting and Calligraphy is available in the United States for the first time.
 

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User Review  - Nick - Goodreads

“A Manual of Painting and Calligraphy” is early Jose Saramago, in fact the earliest. This first novel demonstrates much of what would dominate the later works: the anger at the Salazar and Caetano ... Read full review

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User Review  - Debra Lowman - Goodreads

HMH releases a post-humous translation of Saramago's first book in May 2012. It was originally published eight years before his acclaimed novel, Balthasar and Blimunda. The Manual of Painting and ... Read full review

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JOSÉ 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.

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