The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis

The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis

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The 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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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 28mm | 258.55g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • The Harvill Press
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 1860465021
  • 9781860465024
  • 89,608

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"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 is a dramatic work of great philosophical weight, filtered through a refined contemplative intelligence" Independent

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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

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About Jose Saramago

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.

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