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Publisher Comments:

José Saramago was only eighteen months old when he moved from the village of Azinhaga with his father and mother to live in Lisbon. Nevertheless, he would return to the village throughout his childhood and adolescence to stay with his maternal grandparents, illiterate peasants in the eyes of the outside world, but the fount of knowledge, affection, and authority to the young José. This book is a mosaic of memories, a simply told, affecting look back into the authors boyhood: the tragic death of his older brother at the age of four; his mother pawning the familys blankets every spring and buying them back in time for winter; uncles in fits of jealousy, aunts prophetic, comforting or drunken; his beloved grandparents bringing the weaker piglets into their bed on cold nights. And his early encounters with literature, from the memory of listening entranced to the weekly installments of Maria, the Fairy of the Forest to poring over an entertaining dialogue in a Portuguese-French conversation guide, not realizing that he was in fact reading a play by Moliere. Written with his characteristic wit and honesty, Small Memories traces the formation of an individual and an artist who emerged, against all the odds, as one of the world's most respected writers.

Synopsis:

From the 1998 Nobel laureate comes a love story, a fable worthy of Swift or Voltaire. Line illustrations.

Synopsis:

A man went to knock at the king's door and said to him, Give me a boat. The king's house had many other doors, but this was the door for petitions. Since the king spent all his time sitting by the door for favors (favors being done to the king, you understand), whenever he heard someone knocking on the door for petitions, he would pretend not to hear . . ." Why the petitioner required a boat, where he was bound for, and who volunteered to crew for him the reader will discover as this short narrative unfolds. And at the end it will be clear that if we thought we were reading a children's fable we were wrong-we have been reading a love story and a philosophical tale worthy of Voltaire or Swift.

About the Author

JOSÉ SARAMAGO was born in 1922. He is the author of numerous novels, including Blindness, All the Names, The Cave, and Death with Interruptions. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151005956
Translator:
Costa, Margaret Jull
Author:
Sis, Peter
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Author:
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Author:
Costa, Margaret Jull
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Fables
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Folklore
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
19991108
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 b/w photos
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
6.5 x 4.88 in

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The Tale of the Unknown Island
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"Synopsis" by , From the 1998 Nobel laureate comes a love story, a fable worthy of Swift or Voltaire. Line illustrations.
"Synopsis" by ,
A man went to knock at the king's door and said to him, Give me a boat. The king's house had many other doors, but this was the door for petitions. Since the king spent all his time sitting by the door for favors (favors being done to the king, you understand), whenever he heard someone knocking on the door for petitions, he would pretend not to hear . . ." Why the petitioner required a boat, where he was bound for, and who volunteered to crew for him the reader will discover as this short narrative unfolds. And at the end it will be clear that if we thought we were reading a children's fable we were wrong-we have been reading a love story and a philosophical tale worthy of Voltaire or Swift.

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