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History Of The Siege Of Lisbon (Panther) [Paperback]

Jose Saramago
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1 Jun 2000 Panther

What happens when the facts of history are replaced by the mysteries of love?

When Raimundo Silva, a lowly proof-reader for a Lisbon publishing house, inserts a negative into a sentence of a historical text, he alters the whole course of the 1147 Siege of Lisbon. Fearing censure he is met instead with admiration: Dr Maria Sara, his voluptuous new editor, encourages him to pen his own alternative history. As his retelling draws on all his imaginative powers, Silva finds - to his nervous delight - that if the facts of the past can be rewritten as a romance then so can the details of his own dusty bachelor present.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (1 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860467229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860467226
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If proofreaders were given their freedom and did not have their hands and feet tied by a mass of prohibitions more binding than the penal code, they would soon transform the face of the world, establish the kingdom of universal happiness, giving drink to the thirsty, food to the famished, peace to those who live in turmoil, joy to the sorrowful ... for they would be able to do all these things simply by changing the words ..." The power of the word is evident in Portuguese author José Saramago's novel, The History of the Siege of Lisbon. His protagonist, a proofreader named Raimundo Silva, adds a key word to a history of Portugal and thus rewrites not only the past, but also his own life.

Brilliantly translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero, The History of the Siege of Lisbon is a meditation on the differences between historiography, historical fiction, and "stories inserted into history." The novel is really two stories in one: the reimagined history of the 1147 siege of Lisbon that Raimundo feels compelled to write and the story of Raimundo's life, including his unexpected love affair with the editor, Maria Sara. In Saramago's masterful hands, the strands of this complex tale weave together to create a satisfying whole. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Marvellous, seriously witty, erotic and edgily surreal" (Lucy Hughes-Hallett Sunday Times)

"Saramago is one of Europe's most original and remarkable writers...his writing is imbued with the spirit of comic enquiry, meditative pessimism and a quietly transforming energy that turns the indefinite into the unforgettable" (Richard Eder Los Angeles Times)

"This cryptic, ingenious novel...is never dull or humourless... No candidate for [the Nobel Prize] has a better claim to lasting recognition than this novelist who was born in 1922 but was in his mid-50s before he started to publish the fiction that has won him an international reputation" (Edmund White New York Times)

"A book filled with lyrical and intellectual rewards" (Bill Marx Boston Globe)

"This hypnotic tale is a great comic romp through history, language and the imagination" (Publishers Weekly)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply a masterpiece 5 Dec 2000
Format:Paperback
Reading The History of the Siege of Lisbon is, quite literally, to step into another world. With almost no punctuation, the reader takes a deep breath before plunging in, to be swept along on the author's stream of the consciousness. A sentence that begins with a mundane account of a proof-reader's staid world may end with a disastrous attempt at military innovation, a sublime description of sunset or the loud clear cry of a Moorish muezzin calling the faithful to prayer. Saramago moves effortlessly from the early mediaeval world, where myth becomes history, to the modern, where Raimundo Silva invents a myth again with an erroneous word. In the process, Silva transforms his own story, exploring possibilities that had never before existed. Saramago frequently communicates directly with his readers, questioning his own motives and inviting his audience to question the motives of his characters. This combination of scholarly wit and engaging narrative has created a refreshing, challenging and beautiful novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars yet another masterpiece of storytelling 28 Nov 2001
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Saramago creates the most ingenious plots in literature. Spain and Portugal float away from Europe and head across the Atlantic, a fictional poet returns to attend the funeral of his factual creator, and here the whole history of Portugal is transformed by inserting one wrong word into a translation. They sound impossible, unlikely, absurd, yet in Saramago's hands they work, they are believable and beautifully written.
You don't need to know the history of Lisbon in advance, and you don't need to worry about sentences that last a page or more. This is a wonderful love story.
So why not five stars? Because The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis is even better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply a masterpiece 8 Dec 2000
Format:Hardcover
Reading The History of the Siege of Lisbon is, quite literally, to step into another world. With almost no punctuation, the reader takes a deep breath before plunging in, to be swept along on the author's stream of the consciousness. A sentence that begins with a mundane account of a proof-reader's staid world may end with a disastrous attempt at military innovation, a sublime description of sunset or the loud clear cry of a Moorish muezzin calling the faithful to prayer. Saramago moves effortlessly from the early mediaeval world, where myth becomes history, to the modern, where Raimundo Silva invents a myth again with an erroneous word. In the process, Silva transforms his own story, exploring possibilities that had never before existed. Saramago frequently communicates directly with his readers, questioning his own motives and inviting his audience to question the motives of his characters. This combination of scholarly wit and engaging narrative has created a refreshing, challenging and beautiful novel.
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