Manual of Painting and Calligraphy
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 now available in the United States.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - michaelbartley - LibraryThing
I liked this novel, especially when the main character fell in love. Saramago wrote a beautiful description of what that's like. I also liked how the writer explored the creative process of both writing and painting Read full review
MANUAL OF PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHYUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Nobel Prize-winning author Saramago explores art and the meaning of life in a posthumous release of his first novel.This is an "adult" novel in the best sense, for Saramago examines serious ... Read full review