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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (1 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844676145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844676149
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Saramago enjoys picking up a passing thought or an incident and running with it, confident in his political outrage, calm in his appreciation of friends, considered in his aphoristic criticism of culture. -- Times 'In the craft of the sentence, José Saramago is one of the great originals. His prose is a voice that envelops all voices: it is like the universes immanent murmur ... No one writes quite like Saramago, so solicitous and yet so magnificently free. ' --Steven Poole, Guardian

I'm hard pressed to think of another writer who makes me stop as Saramago does, to go back and discover the meaning of history or allegory in all its wild newness. --Julian Evans, FT

'A provocative miscellany of occasional pieces.' Angel Gurria-Quintana, FT 'There is something invigorating about his 'refus[al] to accept' the world as it stands in its equality... Blogging has certainly inspired Saramago's aphoristic side, and he is particular memorable when reflecting on his literary heroes... Saramago s enthusiasm is irresistible and his commendations are acute.' --Toby Lichtig, TLS

About the Author

JOSÉ SARAMAGO is a Nobel laureate Portuguese novelist, playwright and journalist. His numerous books, including the bestselling All the Names, Blindness, and The Cave, have been translated into more than forty languages and have established him as one of the worlds most influential writers. He lives on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, Spain.


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In his late eighties and near the end of his life, José Saramago, the Portuguese Nobel Prize winning writer and political activist, wrote a blog in which he made comments and observations on a broad range of political, economic, social, cultural and philosophical topics. These were interspersed with personal recollections and elegant eulogies for those he most respected. Whether writing on religion, the US presidency, democracy, the financial crisis or neo-liberalism, his words simply drip with indignation and anger. Although his writings predated them by just a few years, he was clearly writing for the young indignados in Spain and elsewhere who are now wakening up to the barbarity of the world we live in today.
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I am so incredibly pleased that not only were Jose Saramago's words translated into English, but also that I came across them.
So often in the English speaking world we seem to miss, or deliberately avoid, thinkers, writers and intellectuals from other cultures and backgrounds. Saramago is one who cannot be ignored.

Written in a diary format Saramago lends his expert opinion on a wide range of topics, and every single one of them is insightful, thought-provoking and worthy of our time. If you were ever in need of a humanist, passionate and moral stance on any political or international issue then Saramago is the go-to-man.

With such elegance and clarity he composes arguments and constructs his opinion in such a way that you are not only taken in by it, but it becomes a part of you. Though his aim is not to persuade, his words are so poetic, and his opinions so coherent that it is almost impossible to disagree with him.

From the varied nature of the entries it is clear that Saramago is a widely-read and incredibly knowledgeable person. His writing not only enlightens the reader, but also introduces ideas, concepts and people that we would not have otherwise known of.

From reading this, along with a novel written by Saramago on Jesus Christ, I was left completely in awe of the man. He is someone to be both admired and inspired by. Such was the impact that his writings had on me, his name immediately joined a list of other greats that I have in my mind.

As a social commentator he should be highly respected, and as a novelist his work deserves the utmost praise. A true literary genius, and a wonderful man to boot.
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