On election day in the capital, it is raining so hard that no one has bothered to come out to vote. The politicians are growing jittery. The citizens are rebellious. What begins as a satire on governments and the sometimes dubious efficacy of the democratic system turns into something far more sinister. Should they reschedule the elections for another day? Around three o’clock, the rain finally stops.
Seeing #ad - But when the ballots are counted, more than 70 percent are blank.
Blindness Harvest BookMariner Books #ad - This is a shattering work by a literary master. The boston globea new york times notable book of the Year A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women.
Blindness Harvest Book #ad - There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers—among them a boy with no mother, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, a girl with dark glasses, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. A stunningly powerful novel of man's will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.
A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth century, Blindness has swept the reading public with its powerful portrayal of man's worst appetites and weaknesses—and man's ultimately exhilarating spirit.
Death with InterruptionsMariner Books #ad - Among the general public, on the other hand, there is initially celebration—flags are hung out on balconies, people dance in the streets. This of course causes consternation among politicians, religious leaders, morticians, and doctors. Nobel prize-winner jose saramago's brilliant new novel poses the question -- what happens when the grim reaper decides there will be no more death? On the first day of the new year, no one dies.
They have achieved the great goal of humanity: eternal life. Then reality hits home—families are left to care for the permanently dying, life-insurance policies become meaningless, cats, hamsters, and funeral parlors are reduced to arranging burials for pet dogs, and parrots. Death sits in her chilly apartment, death with a small d, where she lives alone with scythe and filing cabinets, and contemplates her experiment: What if no one ever died again? What if she, became human and were to fall in love?
All the NamesMariner Books #ad - But one day, when he comes across the records of an anonymous young woman, something happens to him. 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. A middle-aged bachelor, marriage, he has no interest in anything beyond the certificates of birth, divorce, and death that are his daily routine.
All the Names #ad - From a nobel prize winner: “A psychological, even metaphysical thriller that will keep you turning the pages . . . With growing alarm and alacrity. The seattle times a washington post book world favorite book of the Year Senhor José is a low-grade clerk in the city’s Central Registry, where the living and the dead share the same shelf space.
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.
CainMariner Books #ad - His tale runs from the garden of eden, when god realizes he has forgotten to give Adam and Eve the gift of speech, to the moment when Noah’s Ark lands on the dry peak of Ararat. He confronts Him, he argues with Him. The rapacious Queen Lilith takes him as her lover. Saramago, playfully stretching his chatty late style, pokes holes in the stated logic of the Biblical God throughout the novel.
The new yorker this e-book includes a sample chapter of BLINDNESS. Cain, the murderer, the despised, is Saramago’s protagonist. A winkingly blasphemous retelling of the Old Testament. And again and again, cruel, Cain encounters a God whose actions seem callous, and unjust. Condemned to wander forever after he kills his brother Abel, Cain makes his way through the world in the company of a personable donkey.
Cain #ad - He is a witness to and participant in the stories of Isaac and Abraham, Moses and the golden calf, the destruction of the Tower of Babel, the trials of Job. An old man with two sheep on a rope crosses his path. And one thing we know for certain, ” Saramago writes, “is that they continued to argue and are arguing still.
A startling book—sensual, funny—and in all ways a fitting end to Saramago’s extraordinary career.
The CaveMariner Books #ad - An unassuming family struggles to keep up with the ruthless pace of progress in “a genuinely brilliant novel” from a Nobel Prize winner Chicago Tribune. The struggle of the individual against bureaucracy and anonymity is one of the great subjects of modern literature, and Saramago is often matched with Kafka as one of its premier exponents.
Marçal works there as a security guard, and Cipriano drives him to work each day before delivering his own humble pots and jugs. Apt as the comparison is, it doesn’t convey the warmth and rueful human dimension of novels like Blindness and All the Names. When mysterious sounds of digging emerge from beneath their new apartment, Cipriano and Marçal investigate; what they find transforms the family’s life, in a novel that is both “irrepressibly funny” The Christian Science Monitor and a “triumph” The Washington Post Book World.
The Cave #ad - A los angeles times best book of the year and a new york times notable book Cipriano Algor, lives with his daughter Marta and her husband Marçal in a small village on the outskirts of The Center, apartments, an elderly potter, an imposing complex of shops, and offices. People prefer plastic, apparently.
Astonishingly, the center places an order for hundreds, and Cipriano and Marta set to work—until the order is cancelled and the penniless trio must move from the village into The Center. On one such trip, he is told not to make any more deliveries. A remarkably generous and eloquent novel. Publishers weekly Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa.
The Gospel According to Jesus Christ Harvest in TranslationMariner Books #ad - In this provocative, the subject of wide critical discussion and wonder, the foundations of the Church, tender novel, Saramago questions the meaning of God, and human existence itself. The result is a deft psychological portrait that moves between poetry and irony, spirituality and irreverence of a savior who is at once the Son of God and a young man.
A wry, the caress of a woman half asleep, josé saramago envisions the life of jesus Christ and the story of his Passion as things of this earth: A child crying, the bleat of a goat, fictional account of the life of Christ by Nobel laureate José SaramagoA brilliant skeptic, a prayer uttered in the grayish morning light.
The Gospel According to Jesus Christ Harvest in Translation #ad - His idea of the holy family reflects the real complexities of any family, and—as only Saramago can—he imagines them with tinges of vision, dream, and omen.
The Double: A NovelMariner Books #ad - As he roots out the man’s identity, what begins as a whimsical chase becomes a probing investigation into what makes us human. To lift his spirits, a colleague suggests he rent a certain video. Tertuliano watches the film, unimpressed. A “wonderfully twisted meditation on identity and individuality” from a Nobel Prize–winning author who pushes fiction to its very limits The Boston Globe.
As this novel by the author of blindness and All the Names begins, Tertuliano Máximo Afonso is a divorced, depressed history teacher. Against his own better judgment, Tertuliano decides to pursue his double. But during the night, he finds the vcr replaying the video and watches in astonishment as a man who looks exactly like him—or, when he is awakened by noise, exactly like he did five years earlier, more specifically, mustachioed and fuller in the face—appears on the screen.
The Double: A Novel #ad - Can we be reduced to our outward appearance, the double is a timeless novel from a writer john Updike described in The New Yorker as “like Faulkner, rather than the sum of our experiences? The inspiration for the film Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Denis Villeneuve, so confident of his resources and ultimate destination that he can bring any impossibility to life by hurling words at it.
It’s tempting to think of The Double as his masterpiece. The new york times translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa .
Baltasar and Blimunda: A Novel Harvest BookMariner Books #ad - The portuguese king promises the greedy prelates of the Church an expansive new convent, should they intercede with God to give him an heir. Weaving together multiple storylines to present both breathtaking fiction and incisive commentary, religious criticism, renowned Portuguese writer and winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature, political satire, equal parts historical fiction, José Saramago spins an epic and captivating yarn, and whimsical romance.
Hailed by usa today as “an unexpected gem, ” baltasar and Blimunda is a captivating literary tour de force, full of magic and adventure, exquisite historical detail, and the power of both human folly and human will. Meanwhile, amid the fires and horrors of the inquisition, angry crowds and abused peasants rejoice in spectacles of cruelty, from bullfighting to auto-da-fe; disgraced priests openly flout God’s laws; and chaos reigns over a society on the brink of disaster.
Baltasar and Blimunda: A Novel Harvest Book #ad - . A young couple, brought together by chance, if tormented, live out a sweet, romance. A lonely priest works in maniacal solitude on his Passarola, a heretical flying machine he hopes will allow him to soar far from the madness surrounding him. A romance and an adventure, a rumination on royalty and religion in 18th-century Portugal and a bitterly ironic comment on the uses of power.
The new york times Portugal, 1711.
Globalization: The Human Consequences Themes for the 21st CenturyPolity #ad - The bulk of the population, bears the brunt of these problems, and suffers uncertainty, the 'new middle class', anxiety and fear as a result. This book is a major contribution to the unfolding debate about globalization, and as such will be of interest to students and professionals in sociology, human geography and cultural issues.
Alongside the emerging planetary dimensions of business, finance, trade and information flow, a 'localizing', space-fixing process is set in motion. Unpacking the social roots and social consequences of globalizing processes, this book disperses some of the mist that surrounds the term. A particular reason to worry is the progressive breakdown in communication between the increasingly global and extra- territorial elites and ever more 'localized' majority.
Globalization: The Human Consequences Themes for the 21st Century #ad - . What appears as globalization for some, means localization for many others; signalling new freedom for some, globalizing processes appear as uninvited and cruel fate for many others. Neo-tribal and fundamentalist tendencies are as legitimate offspring of globalization as the widely acclaimed 'hybridization' of top culture - the culture at the globalized top.
Freedom to move, a scarce and unequally distributed commodity, quickly becomes the main stratifying factor of our times. This book is an attempt to show that there is far more to globalization than its surface manifestations. Globalization' is a word that is currently much in use.
The Elephant's JourneyMariner Books #ad - In josé saramago's remarkable and imaginative retelling, Subhro, begin in dismal conditions, Solomon and his keeper, forgotten in a corner of the palace grounds. When it occurs to the king and queen that an elephant would be an appropriate wedding gift, everyone rushes to get them ready: Subhro is given two new suits of clothes and Solomon a long overdue scrub.
. A delightful, witty tale of friendship and adventure from prize-winning novelist José Saramago In 1551, King João III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present: an elephant named Solomon. Accompanied by the archduke, these unlikely heroes traverse a continent riven by the reformation and civil wars, his new wife, and the royal guard, historians, witnessed along the way by scholars, and wide-eyed ordinary people as they make their way through the storied cities of northern Italy; they brave the Alps and the terrifying Isarco and Brenner Passes; across the Mediterranean Sea and up the Inn River; and at last, toward their grand entry into the imperial city.