The History of the Siege of Lisbon

The History of the Siege of Lisbon

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Raimundo Silva, a proofreader at a Portuguese publishing house, takes it upon himself to alter a key word in a text to make it read that in 1147 the king of Portugal reconquered Lisbon from the Saracens without any assistance from the Crusaders. His revision of a signal episode in Portuguese history unexpectedly and inexplicably wins the heart of his supervisor, Maria Sara, a woman of unwavering conviction. Rather than fire him as she ought to, Maria encourages Raimundo to rewrite the history of the siege of Lisbon in the grand style of a historical romance. Around this seemingly minor episode Jose Saramago constructs a broad, multifaceted tableau involving meditations on historiography and the uses and abuses of language, a parable of life under authoritarian rule, and a bittersweet romance.
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  • Hardback | 314 pages
  • 147.32 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 498.95g
  • Cengage Learning EMEA
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Us ed.
  • 015100238X
  • 9780151002382

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