The Tale of the Unknown Island Paperback – 18 Nov 1999
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"Saramago writes possibly the most beautiful but certainly the most precise and differentiated Portuguese prose of our time" (Walter Haubrich Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
"Saramago is a writer, like Faulkner, so confident of his resources and ultimate destination that he can bring any improbability to life" (John Updike)
"No candidate for a Nobel Prize has a better claim to lasting recognition than this novelist" (Edmund White)
"He was the equal of Philip Roth, Günter Grass, Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo. His genius was remarkably versatile - he was at once a great comic and a writer of shocking earnestness and grim poignancy" (Harold Bloom)
"Saramago is a writer of formidable talent and extraordinary imagination" (La Repubblica)
A wonderful and witty book, part folk fable, part philosophical tale, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature and the greatest Portuguese writer of his time.See all Product Description
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After reading the Elephants Journey by Jose Saramago, i read this one, and it is very good.
About all of us who imagin a place we would like to be in, a journey we want to take to find, to belong and make that dream real.
The starting of this very short tale is just brilliant - and then follows the luck and chance.
If you don't buy it, pretty sure your local library has it, it's a very good tale, with (in the orignal, I had, but now borrowed and lost)fabulous illustraions.
The read is over in a tick, but it stays with you for a while longer.
Oh and PLEASE definately read the Elephants Journey. It is just the best travel story, and so wonderfully humane and wise.