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    The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (Paperback) By (author) Jose Saramago, Translated by Giovanni Pontiero

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    Short Description for The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis 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.
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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.