All The Names (Panther S.) Paperback – 1 Jun 2000
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"A tantalizing novel...shifting and teasing, full of metaphorical labyrinths and false trails" (Herald)
"Offers an unearthly, muted beauty; a freedom from the obvious, the ideological and trivial; an atmosphere of profound serenity, and a benevolent humor" (Literary Review)
"It is the marriage of the living and the dying...that so strongly characterizes the writing of Jose Saramago" (New Statesman)
"The Swedish Academy's citation called his novels "parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony." It is a description which perfectly captures his latest novel" (The Times)
"Both delightful and unsettling which is perhaps the mark of true literature" (Anthony Daniels Sunday Telegraph)
A subtle and insightful story about boredom, passion, curiosity and memory from the Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago.See all Product Description
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He breaches all of the Registry's regulations, risking his job and his home, in order to copy details from the record cards for his collection. By chance, a record card of an ordinary woman comes his way, and his curiousity becomes an obsession, as he sets out to trace this woman, no matter what the cost.
Senhor Jose sets himself a quest, an arbitrary quest, but one which gives his mundane life meaning. The book is a detective story, a love story, a story about the oppression of authority and the way that people can overcome that oppression by finding small moments of joy.
The book is comic, sad and full of meaning. Saramago writes a highly significant book, yet uses simple prose to tell the story, making the themes all the more effective.
In my view, this is the closest thing there has been to the Perfect Novel. If you've ever read any Borges, Kafka or Calvino then you should discover Saramago as quickly as you can.
It is incredibly lyrical and it sweeps you along, the sense of involvement with him is a a product of the wonderful storytelling skills of Saramago. Though I can read Portuguese, i read this in English and I think it is a fine translation as were the earlier translations by the great Giovanni Pontiero. He is not an easy author to translate as the books are so full of Portuguese myths and references to the Lusiads.
'All the names' is a clever book that draws you into the monotonous and mundane world of a middle-aged civil servant and then gives you an extraordinary story within the framework of a well thought-out philosophy about life, love and death. This novel explores the consequences of sustained loneliness, personal development and how how the living of our modern world rub shoulders with the dead. We are caught up with Senor Jose's quest to learn more about the 'unknown woman.' We tremble with him as he braves his fear of heights and roots around like a stalker in someone's else's life. We worry about the lows he experiences, the effect of his obsession on his mental health and how he risks everything to fulfill his quest to the bitter end. Finally, we applaud his bravery and obvious strength of character in the face of exposure.
An uplifting book, where 'every man' triumphs. Highly recommended for the thoughtful.
All the Names concerns Senhor Jose, a lowly clerk, unmarried, around fifty years-old, working in the Central Registry for Births, Deaths, Marriage and Divorce. Saramago stresses the rigid bureaucracy of this institution and one thinks of Kafka - especially when it comes to the archives, which spread forth in ever-increasing girth and weight, threatening to engulf the attendants who minister to it. Senhor Jose's hobby is collecting information from magazines, and from the Registry, about the lives of famous people, but one day an extra card adheres to those he has borrowed from the Registry to copy. The card contains the details of a woman, not famous or extraordinary in any way, but Senhor Jose becomes obsessed with tracking this elusive nobody down and finding out what happened in her life.
His adventures lead him into all kinds of danger, as he commits burglary, forgery, sustains injury, makes himself ill, tells lies and puts his job in jeopardy in the pursuance of his obsession. The ending of the novel holds profound messages for us all - though Senor Jose's mission is by no means at an end.
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A multi-layered and time-extending story of a clerk who, caught in a world of bureaucracy, decides to look outside .Published 14 months ago by sarah
Good quality book, arrived in good time, very good customer service when I inquired about when the product would be dispatched, recommend this service.Published on 4 Mar. 2013 by Emma
Sorry unable to comment, as I bought this as a Christmas present. My son requested this book so I'm sure he will be very happy with it.Published on 16 Dec. 2011 by Ms. C. Macdonald
This was the first of Saramago's novels that I read, and I have since read all that are translated into English. Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2009 by Slioch
How to describe Saramago's books with their strange surrealism? I am afraid its beyond me to explain why Saramago is a great writer and he certainly is. This is one of his best.Published on 21 Feb. 2008 by Aquinas
I must tell you that I'd never read the book in the english translation. I'm portuguese and I've read the book in it's original version. Read morePublished on 7 April 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org