All The Names
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All The Names

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A subtle and insightful story about boredom, passion, curiosity and memory from the Nobel Prize-winner Jose Saramago

Senhor Jose is a lonely civil servant who spends his days labouring in the labyrinthine stacks of Lisbon's central registry. Among the file-cards for the living and the dead, one - of an apparently ordinary woman - will transform his life. Breaking away from his strict routine, Jose resolves to track the woman down, obsessively following a thread of clues in a bid to rescue her from an oblivion deeper than the grave.

'When a very good book finds us at just the right moment in life, it can become stitched into our own identity. All the Names - a novel about identity and connection - has become stitched into mine' Samantha Harvey, Independent
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 207g
  • The Harvill Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 1860467202
  • 9781860467202
  • 106,992

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"A novel that has soul, which Saramago offers to his readers with all his witty, intelligent, tender and magical generosity"
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"A novel that has soul, which Saramago offers to his readers with all his witty, intelligent, tender and magical generosity" -- Samantha Harvey * Independent * "Offers an unearthly, muted beauty; a freedom from the obvious, the ideological and trivial; an atmosphere of profound serenity, and a benevolent humor" * Literary Review * "Both delightful and unsettling which is perhaps the mark of true literature" -- Anthony Daniels * Sunday Telegraph * "A tantalizing novel...shifting and teasing, full of metaphorical labyrinths and false trails" * Herald * "It is the marriage of the living and the dying...that so strongly characterizes the writing of Jose Saramago" * New Statesman *
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About Jose Saramago

Jose Saramago is one of the most important international writers of the last hundred years. Born in Portugal in 1922, he was in his sixties when he came to prominence as a writer with the publication of Baltasar and Blimunda. A huge body of work followed, translated into more than forty languages, and in 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Saramago died in June 2010.
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15,051 ratings
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4 40% (5,957)
3 24% (3,616)
2 6% (867)
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