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The Tale of the Unknown Island Paperback – 18 Nov 1999

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Press (18 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860466907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860466908
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.5 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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.

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(THE TALE OF THE UNKNOWN ISLAND) BY Paperback (Author) Paperback Published on (10 , 2000)

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.
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By A Customer on 13 Nov. 1999
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Saramago's writing is like an Italian opera. Everything flows. This is a beautiful, short fable of sorts that definitely deserves a read.
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By why on 16 Sept. 2014
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Lovely story, really lovely neat book design to complement.
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It's a confusing book for a lazy person. To be ,ore precise for someone who hasn't grown into the habit of sitting down with a good serious book but wants to boast with having read something.
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brilliant
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