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Saramago, José

Works: 802 works in 4,206 publications in 35 languages and 56,234 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Drama  Biography  Historical fiction  Diaries  Blogs  Fables 
Roles: Author, Librettist, Author of introduction, Creator, Bibliographic antecedent, Interviewee, Translator, Other, Lyricist, Narrator, Writer of accompanying material, Author of screenplay
Classifications: PQ9281.A66, 869.342
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Most widely held works about José Saramago
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Blindness : [a novel] by José Saramago( Book )

42 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 3,672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An epidemic of blindness strikes a city and the result is chaos, the government issuing shoottokill orders. Much of the action is seen through the eyes of a woman who claims to be blind so she won't be separated from her husband. A look at how people behave under stress. By the author of The History of the Siege of Lisbon
Seeing by José Saramago( Book )

291 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in 25 languages and held by 3,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On election day in the capital, it is raining so hard that no one has come out to vote. The politicians are growing jittery. Should they reschedule for another day? Around three o'clock, the rain finally stops. At four, voters rush to the polling stations, as if ordered to appear. But when the ballots are counted, more than 70% are blank
All the names by José Saramago( Book )

148 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in 18 languages and held by 2,757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Senhor José is determined to find out more about a woman he only knows from the birth certificate he discovered at his job as a clerk in the Central Registry
Death with interruptions by José Saramago( Book )

52 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 2,335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On the first day of the new year, no one dies. This, understandably, causes consternation among politicians, religious leaders, funeral directors, and doctors. Among the general public, on the other hand, there is initially celebration - flags are hung out on balconies, people dance in the streets. They have achieved the great goal of humanity: eternal life. Then reality hits home - families are left to care for the permanently dying, life-insurance policies become meaningless, and funeral directors are reduced to arranging burials for pet dogs, cats, hamsters, and parrots. Death sits in her chilly apartment, where she lives alone with scythe and filing cabinets, and contemplates her experiment: What if no one ever died again? What if she, death with a small d, became human and were to fall in love?"
The elephant's journey by José Saramago( Book )

78 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 12 languages and held by 2,167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The enchanting tale of an elephant, his keeper, and their journey through sixteenth-century Europe, based on a true story." (from the back cover)
Cain by José Saramago( Book )

41 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this, his last novel, Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Bible through the story of Cain. Condemned to wander forever after he kills Abel, he is whisked around in time and space. He experiences the almost-sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham, the Tower of Babel, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Joshua at the battle of Jericho, Job's ordeal, and finally Noah's ark and the Flood. And over and over again Cain encounters an unjust, even cruel God. A startling, beautifully written, and powerful book, in all ways a fitting end to Saramago's extraordinary career"--
The cave by José Saramago( Book )

23 editions published between 1976 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 1,952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Informed that his clay pots and jugs are no longer needed, elderly potter Cipriano applies his craft to the making of ceramic dolls, but his family's subsequent successes are compromised by a terrible discovery
The year of the death of Ricardo Reis by José Saramago( Book )

178 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in 13 languages and held by 1,765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lisbon circa 1935 comes to life in this story of a doctor who forsakes medicine to recite poetry in the streets, the women in his life, and the ghost who occasionally accompanies him
The Gospel according to Jesus Christ by José Saramago( Book )

76 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Jesus Christ as a thing of this earth: a questioning adolescent who is troubled by the world and by his body; a mother who is, by turns, devoted, fearful, and resentful; a family with all the complex frictions of any family
The double by José Saramago( Book )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renting a recommended video to ease his depression, divorced history teacher Tertuliano Maximo Afonso is unsettled to see a man in the video who looks exactly the way he looked five years earlier
The stone raft by José Saramago( Book )

88 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A geological disturbance causes the Iberian peninsula to split from the rest of Europe and sail into the Atlantic. The novel describes the impact the event has on the inhabitants of Spain and Portugal, and on the politics of the European Union. A satire by a Portuguese writer, author of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ
Baltasar and Blimunda by José Saramago( Book )

26 editions published between 1987 and 2002 in English and Turkish and held by 1,292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Portugal, 1711: ... In the midst of the terrors of the Inquisition and the plague, a seemingly mismatched couple discovers the wonders of love. This poetic tale, graced with exquisite historical detail and full of magic and adventure, is a tapestry of human folly and human will."--Back cover
The history of the siege of Lisbon by José Saramago( Book )

37 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A proofreader in a publishing house changes a word in a manuscript to make a history book read that a 12th Century battle was strictly a Portuguese victory, rather than a joint victory with the Crusaders. Instead of being fired the proofreader is commissioned to develop the idea into a novel. A study in historical revisionism
Raised from the ground by José Saramago( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First published in 1980, the City of Lisbon Prize-winning Raised from the Ground follows the changing fortunes of the Mau Tempo family-poor landless peasants not unlike Saramago's own grandparents. Set in Alentejo, a southern province of Portugal known for its vast agricultural estates, the novel charts the lives of the Mau Tempos as national and international events rumble on in the background-the coming of the republic in Portugual, the two World Wars, and an attempt on the dictator Salazar's life. Yet nothing really impinges on the grim reality of the farm laborers' lives until the first communist stirrings"--Publisher's information
Memorial del convento by José Saramago( Book )

215 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in 17 languages and held by 1,029 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A travers l'histoire d'un soldat manchot et d'une femme du peuple qui a des visions, la chronique de la vie quotidienne à Lisbonne et de la construction du couvent-palais-basilique royal de Mafra, dans la première moitié du XVIIIe siècle
Journey to Portugal : in pursuit of Portugal's history and culture by José Saramago( Book )

27 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Jose Saramago decided some twenty years ago to write a book about Portugal, his only desire was that it be unlike any other book on the subject, and in this he certainly has succeeded. Recording the events and observations of a journey across the length and breadth of the country he loves dearly, Saramago brings Portugal to life as only a writer of his brilliance can. Forfeiting sources of information such as tourist guides and road maps, he scours the country with the eyes and ears of an observer fascinated by the ancient myths and history of his people. Whether an inaccessible medieval fortress set on a cliff, a wayside chapel thick with cobwebs, or a grand mansion in the city, the extraordinary places of this land come alive with kings, warriors, painters, explorers, writers, saints, and sinners. Always meticulously attentive to those elements of ancient Portugal that persist today, Saramago examines the country in its current period of rapid transition and growth
The tale of the unknown island by José Saramago( Book )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated fable on dreaming the impossible. The hero is a man who asks a king for a boat to search for an unknown island. How can you search for something unknown? Well, it turns out you can, provided you are willing to follow your dreams, and what is more your dreams may come true. By the author of The Stone Raft
Skylight by José Saramago( Book )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A previously unpublished novel by a literary master, Skylight tells the intertwined stories of the residents of a faded apartment building in 1940s Lisbon. Silvestre and Mariana, a happily married elderly couple, take in a young nomad, Abel, and soon discover their many differences. Adriana loves Beethoven more than any man, but her budding sexuality brings new feelings to the surface. Carmen left Galicia to marry humble Emilio, but hates Lisbon and longs for her first love, Manolo. Lidia used to work the streets, but now she's kept by Paulo, a wealthy man with a wandering eye. These are just some of the characters in this early work, completed by Saramago in 1953 but never published until now. With his characteristic compassion, depth, and wit, Saramago shows us the quiet contentment of a happy family and the infectious poison of an unhappy one. We see his characters' most intimate moments as well as the casual encounters particular to neighbors living in close proximity. Skylight is a portrait of ordinary people, painted by a master of the quotidian, a great observer of the immense beauty and profound hardships of the modern world"--
Enemy by Jake Gyllenhaal( Visual )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and German and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adam erscheint das Leben wie ein endloser, nicht greifbarer Traum. Gelangweilt vom Alltag und seiner Beziehung lässt er Tag um Tag in Lethargie verstreichen - bis er in einem Film den Schauspieler Anthony entdeckt, der ihm bis aufs Haar gleicht. Verstört, aber auch fasziniert von dieser Entdeckung, beschliesst er, seinen Doppelgänger aufzuspüren. Die anfängliche Neugier steigert sich zur Besessenheit; ein bizarres und tödliches Spiel beginnt, an dessen Ende nur einer übrig bleiben kann
La caverna by José Saramago( Book )

70 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Informed that his clay pots and jugs are no longer needed, elderly potter Cipriano applies his craft to the making of ceramic dolls, but his family's subsequent successes are compromised by a terrible discovery
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Alternative Names
De Sousa Saramago, José

De Sousa Saramago, José 1922-2010

Salamage, Ruoze

Salamage, Ruoze 1922-2010

Sārāmāghū, Jūzīh 1922-2010

Saramago 1922-2010

Saramago , Joao

Saramago, José

Saramago, José 1922-

Saramago, José 1922-2010

Saramago, José de Sousa 1922-2010

Saramago, Zhoze

Sārāmāġū, Ǧūzīh 1922-2010

Sārāmāǧū, Ḵūsīh 1922-2010

Sārāmāgū, Zhūzih 1922-2010

Sārāmāgū, Žūza 1922-2010

Saʾraʾmaʾgw, Z'wzeh

Sousa Saramago , José : de

Sousa Saramago, José de 1922-2010

Сарамаго, Жозе

Сарамаго, Жозе 1922-

סאראמאגו, ז׳וזה

סאראמאגו, ז׳וזה. טבעון, מרים

סאראמאגו, ז'וזה

סרמגו, ז'וזה

סרמגו, ז'וזה 1922-2010

خوسيه ساراماجو، 1922-

ساراماجو، جوزيه، 1922-

ساراماغو، جوزيه، 1922-

ساراماغو، خوسيه، 1922-

サラマーゴ, ジョゼー


SeeingAll the namesDeath with interruptionsThe elephant's journeyCainThe caveThe year of the death of Ricardo ReisThe Gospel according to Jesus Christ