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This is an auction for THE YEAR OF THE DEATH OF RICARDO REIS by Jose Saramago, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1989. review:

"The greatest literature poses a problem for those who wish to praise it. Almost by definition, words are inadequate, because they cannot do justice to the richness of the language, the plot, or the ideas of their object. That's the problem I face in trying to praise "The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis." So just a few words. I think "Ricardo Reis" is one of the great twentieth-century novels, a work that, by itself, justifies Saramago's Nobel Prize for Literature. Reis's obsessional behaviour, his philosophical conversations with Fernando Pessoa, the evocation of a rain-swept Lisbon just before World War II, the venality of petty martinets--all of these are presented with an awareness of universal truths and of human beings' complexity that reverberates deeply. It will enrich the life of anyone who reads it."

From Wikipedia:

"José de Sousa Saramago (Portuguese: [1922-2010), was a Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor. More than two million copies of Saramago's books have been sold in Portugal alone and his work has been translated into 25 languages. A proponent of libertarian communism, Saramago was criticized by institutions such as the Catholic Church, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, with whom he disagreed on various issues...."

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Paperback 1992.

358 pages.

Good condition.

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