'the novel has a charming fairy-tale quality...this is among the most charming of Saramago's works.' --TLS
'It is extremely funny. Old Saramago writes with a masterfully light hand, and the humour is tender' --Guardian
'a series of contained miracles of absurdity, quiet laughter rising out of a profound, resigned, affectionate wisdom.'
José Saramango wrote his final book with great panache.
'Saramago enjoys filling out the details with improvisatory skill and imagination' --The Sunday Times
"Saramago enjoys filling out the details with improvisatory skill and imagination" --The Sunday Times
`...he has seized the opportunity to turn an unlikely tale...into something far larger even than its elephantine subject.' -- Independent
"It's an epic ramble that the Nobel Prize-winning author saw as a metaphor for life"
Nobel prizewinner Saramago always has something new up his sleeve: this time he has written a delightful historical fable about an Indian elephant called Solomon, who, in obedience to the absurd caprice of a sixteenth-century monarch, travels from Lisbon to Vienna to become a wedding gift for an emperor.