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    DescriptionThe world's threats are universal like the sun but Ricardo Reis takes shelter under his own shadow. Back in Lisbon after sixteen years practicing medicine in Brazil, Ricardo Reis wanders the rain-sodden streets. He longs for the unattainably aristocratic Marcenda, but it is Lydia, the hotel chamber maid who makes and shares his bed. His old friend, the poet Fernando Pessoa, returns to see him, still wearing the suit he was buried in six weeks earlier. It is 1936, the clouds of Fascism are gathering ominously above them, so they talk; a wonderful, rambling discourse on art, truth, poetry, philosophy, destiny and love.

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    The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jose Saramago, Translated by Giovanni Pontiero
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    ISBN 13: 9781860465024
    ISBN 10: 1860465021

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    Libri: B-232
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    Illustrations note
    Imprint name
    The Harvill Press
    Publication date
    17 September 1998
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    Author Information
    Born in Portugal in 1922, Jose Saramago was one of the most important writers of his generation. He was in his fifties when he came to prominence as a novelist with the publication of Baltasar & Blimunda. A huge body of work followed, which included plays, poetry, short stories, non-fiction and over a dozen novels, including Blindness which was made into an acclaimed film. He has been translated into more than forty languages, and in 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died on 18 June 2010, shortly after the Portuguese publication of Cain.
    Review quote
    "The greatest of his novels" New Statesman "Lovely...a work of fluent and amazing gracefulness" Independent "A capacious, funny, threatening novel" New York Times Review of Books "He has created a body of work of luminous power: ironic, intellectually playful, dense and strange" Scotsman "Shows Saramago to be a novelist of the grandest sort...it is a dramatic work of great philosophical weight, filtered through a refined contemplative intelligence" Independent
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    The US debut of Portuguese writer Saragamo: a novel written in the best classical European tradition, rich in allusions, occasionally surreal, and concerned with the human condition. Set in Lisbon, it's the story of the last year of Dr. Ricardo Reis, a man in his late 40s who has come back to Portugal to make a new life for himself. As the old year - 1934 - ends, Reis disembarks from the steamer that has brought him from Brazil, where he has spent the last 16 years. Unmarried, a poet as well as a doctor, Reis originally fled Portugal because of political upheaval, and a recent revolution in Brazil has in part precipitated his return. He stays first in a hotel, where he is attracted to a young woman guest who comes to Lisbon for medical treatment, and at the same time he takes the hotel maid, Lydia, as his mistress. Meanwhile, a friend and poet, recently dead, frequently accompanies Reis as he walks around Lisbon. There seems little point or purpose to Reis' life. He moves to an apartment, continues his relationship with Lydia, and asks the young hotel guest to marry him, but these seem more gestures of despair than acts of hope. Reis' politics are never really spelled out, but as the year progresses - and it is a significant year as the political situation in Europe and Portugal rapidly deteriorates - Reis finds it more difficult to remain aloof. When Lydia's brother dies in an antigovernment mutiny, Reis realizes that he can no longer be a bystander; but that admission is too much, and he goes off to join his dead friend, afraid to look back because if he does "he might let out finally his mighty howl." A compelling portrait of a man of great sensibilities and bleak vision, who, failing to escape the world in life, prefers death. And the Lisbon of the Thirties that Saragamo describes - gray, run-down, and filled with paupers - further increases this feeling of futility and moral decay. An accomplished debut. (Kirkus Reviews)
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    WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 'Lovely...a work of fluent and amazing gracefulness' Independent Ricardo Reis was a pseudonym created by Fernando Pessoa, the great Portugese poet. Six weeks, after Pessoa's death, Ricardo Reis returns to Lisbon to take up residence in a hotel,wander the streets, read the newspapers and muse on love, destiny, politics, life and death with his old friend. Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for this novel, which is regarded as one of his greatest works. See also: Blindness