Start reading Small Memories on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Small Memories

Small Memories [Kindle Edition]

Jose Saramago , Margaret Jull Costa
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £8.99
Kindle Price: £5.99 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £3.00 (33%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £5.99  
Hardcover £11.42  
Paperback £7.40  

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product Description


"The great thing about this memoir of boyhood is how unportentous it is for the most part" -- Michael Kerrigan Scotsman "The lasting impression left by the self-portrait is of an abiding loneliness, nostalgia, and loss, leavened by humour and an unfeigned humility" Times Literary Supplement "A moving account of his childhood and adolescence...Small Memories will delight" -- Raymond Carr The Spectator "The humiliations and joys of childhood, magnified by time, are delicately revisited" -- Angel Gurria-Quintana Financial Times "A real insight into the making of a great writer" Independent


"The opening pages of this posthumously published memoir of early childhood by Saramago are rapturously enthralling..."
--"Kirkus Reviews"
"The memories are not only small and immediate, vignettes with a sense of being interjected rather than relayed, but told with the immediacy of a child's gaze, so very different from an adult's reflection...[An] homage to Saramago's family and homeland, but also...the endlessly renewable life of the mind."
--"The Independent" (UK) "A great memoir...a tapestry of reminiscences stitched together haphazardly but with his usual irresistible charm... These are fragments of emotion and sensuous recollection that together poignantly conjure a distant childhood." "A moving account of his childhood and adolescence"
--"The Spectator" (UK) "I'll admit to having wept at the close of two of Saramago's novels, but his tale here is a gentler, more elegiac one. Small memories, perhaps, but a small masterpiece, too."
--"The Bu

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (5 Nov 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS91Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,212 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

José Saramago was born in Portugal in 1922 and has been a full-time writer since 1979. His oeuvre embraces plays, poetry, short stories, non-fiction and novels, which have been translated into more than forty languages and have established him as the most influential Portuguese writer of his generation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Memories, great connection 16 Dec 2009
There are books you love unquestioningly, like a child loves its parent. This is one such book for me. I read the original Portuguese and was expecting the translation not not cope with the colourful Saramago language when I got hold of this translation. It doesn't, not fully, not trully. There is something missing there, as if the evocative quality of the original prose had lost some of its flavor and scent and feel. But I guess that's the price you pay. And it shouldn't stop you from reading, from letting yourself think "yeah, it's a different place, different people, but I've been there, done that (well, some of it anyway!) The universal appeal is that we've all been children, young we've all seen the world through different eyes and most of us, still find it hard to believe that the years have gone by, that we now have a wealth of memories. Not the big ones, the important life changing, world altering memories of a Nobel prize writer, but the small, day to day, bread and butter kind of memories. That's what makes the author universal and the connection to the reader work.
A beautiful, simple book that does not need such a grand edition of the hard back.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended by the Sunday newspapers 24 Sep 2013
By Su Den
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was disappointed with this book having read excellent reviews, it meandered through the authors life but lacked focus and wit.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Small memories 17 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you like Saramago this is another well written work about his childhood with many anecdotes about growing up in a small town in Portugal. The usual Saramago style of writing is used and I found it very gentle and full of his unique warmth of humanity.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category