The History of the Siege of Lisbon by José Saramago audiobook
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The History of the Siege of Lisbon

By José Saramago
Translated by Giovanni Pontiero
Read by Robert Blumenfeld

Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio 9781860467226

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 12/07/2019

    ISBN: 9781799737902

  • Available on 12/07/2019

    ISBN: 9781799737902

Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

"If proofreaders were given their freedom and did not have their hands and feet tied by a mass of prohibitions more binding than the penal code, they would soon transform the face of the world, establish the kingdom of universal happiness, giving drink to the thirsty, food to the famished, peace to those who live in turmoil, joy to the sorrowful... for they would be able to do all these things simply by changing the words...." The power of the word is evident in Portuguese author José Saramago's novel, The History of the Siege of Lisbon. His protagonist, a proofreader named Raimundo Silva, adds a key word to a history of Portugal and thus rewrites not only the past, but also his own life.

Brilliantly translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero, The History of the Siege of Lisbon is a meditation on the differences between historiography, historical fiction, and "stories inserted into history." The novel is really two stories in one: the reimagined history of the 1147 siege of Lisbon that Raimundo feels compelled to write and the story of Raimundo's life, including his unexpected love affair with the editor, Maria Sara. In Saramago's masterful hands, the strands of this complex tale weave together to create a satisfying whole.

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Author Bio: José Saramago

Author Bio: José Saramago

José Saramago is one of the most acclaimed writers in the world today. He is the author of numerous novels, including All the Names, Blindness, and The Cave. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English