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The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (Harvest in Translation)by Jose Saramago
"The great difference between poets and madmen is the destiny of the madness that possesses them" thus muses Ricardo Reis in this captivatingly dense yet engagingly accessible stream-of-consciousness novel. I would recommend this book to anyone, but poets and those with an avid interest in Jungian psychology would be remiss in passing this one up.
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Saramago portraits an imaginary encounter between Fernando Pessoa and Ricardo Reis, who venture back to Portugal after the establishment of the dictatorship of general Salazar. The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis describes the country during dictatorship and highlights views using Pessoa's poetic aspect which have long been forgotten in history.
The year: 1936. Europe dances while an invidious dictator establishes himself in Portugal. The city: Lisbon — gray, colorless, chimerical. Ricardo Reis, a doctor and poet, has just come home after sixteen years in Brazil. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero.
About the Author
Saramago was born in Portugal. He won the 1998 Noble Prize for Literature.
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