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Costa, Margaret Jull

Overview
Works: 147 works in 660 publications in 2 languages and 52,620 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Religious fiction  Adventure stories  Psychological fiction  Historical fiction  Detective and mystery stories  Fables  Autobiographical fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor
Classifications: PQ9698.13.O3546, 869.342
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Margaret Jull Costa
Aleph by Paulo Coelho( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 2,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aleph marks a return to the author's beginnings. In a frank and surprising personal story, one of the world's most beloved authors embarks on a remarkable and transformative journey of self discovery. Facing a grave crisis of faith, and seeking a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to start over: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the world. On this journey through Europe, Africa, and Asia, he will again meet Hilal, the woman he loved 500 years before, an encounter that will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, through past and present, in search of himself. Aleph is an encounter with our fears and our sins; a search for love and forgiveness, and the courage to confront the inevitable challenges of life
The witch of Portobello : a novel by Paulo Coelho( Book )

25 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 2,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the life of Athena, an abandoned daughter of a Transylvania gypsy, in a tale told from the viewpoints of such characters as her adoptive journalist mother, a teacher of calligraphy, and an actress
Brida : a novel by Paulo Coelho( Book )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a young Irish girl who dives into sorcery and experiments with different magical traditions. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her about overcoming her fears and trusting in the goodness of the world; and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world, and how to pray to the moon. As she seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch
Cain by José Saramago( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,790 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"--
Adultery : a novel by Paulo Coelho( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A woman around her thirties begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody's eyes, she has a perfect life: a solid and stable marriage, a loving husband, sweet and well-behaved children and a job as a journalist she can't complain about. However, she can no longer bear the necessary effort to fake happiness when all she feels in life is an enormous apathy. All that changes when she encounters an ex-boyfriend from her adolescence. Jacob is now a successful politician and, during an interview, he ends up arousing something in her she hadn't felt for a long time: passion
The Zahir : a novel of obsession by Paulo Coelho( Book )

25 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When his war correspondent wife goes missing with a friend who may be a lover, a celebrity novelist comes under suspicion until the friend reappears and invites him to undertake a spiritual journey to Kazakhstan
The winner stands alone by Paulo Coelho( Book )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tale spanning twenty-four hours at the Cannes Film Festival follows the experiences of a successful and driven Russian entrepreneur who resorts to increasingly violent lengths to reclaim a lost love amidst the glitz and glamour of the festival's activities
The cave by José Saramago( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,664 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
All the names by José Saramago( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,577 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 )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,573 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?"--Jacket blurb
The elephant's journey by José Saramago( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,526 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)
Manuscript found in Accra : a novel by Paulo Coelho( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The latest novel from #1 internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho is a classic of inspiration and reflection, a meditation on life, love, and the significance of change. A novel of philosophical reflection set in Jerusalem during the time of the Crusades. Here a community of Christians, Arabs, and Jews who have long lived together harmoniously have been warned of an imminent attack and certain destruction. Contemplating their demise, the community assembles to seek the wise counsel of a Greek Copt, who imparts comforting and guiding wisdom on the enduring attributes of human character. The novel unfolds as a sequence of parables on love, faith, sex, friendship, beauty, bravery, loyalty, and success."--
The fencing master by Arturo Pérez-Reverte( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and Spanish and held by 1,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A murder mystery in 1886 Madrid featuring an old fencing master who still teaches in the age of the pistol. He is famous for his unstoppable thrust and one day a beautiful woman arrives asking he teach it to her. The novel traces their relationship. By the author of The Flanders Panel
Eleven minutes by Paulo Coelho( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 1,319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A chance meeting in Rio takes Maria to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune, yet ends up working the streets as a prostitute. In Geneva, Maria drifts further and further away from love while at the same time developing a fascination with sex. Eventually, Maria's despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness, 'sexual pleasure for its own sake', or risking everything to find her own 'inner light' and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love. A daring modern fable about the nature of love and sex."--Publisher's description
Seeing by José Saramago( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 1,272 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. The citizens are rebellious. A state of emergency is declared. The president proposes that a wall be built around the city. But are the authorities acting too precipitously? Or even blindly? The word evokes terrible memories of the plague of blindness that hit the city four years before, and of the one woman who kept her sight. Could she be behind the blank ballots? Is she the organizer of a conspiracy against the state? What begins as a satire on governments and the sometimes dubious efficacy of the democratic system turns into something far more sinister.--From publisher description
The infatuations by Javier Marías( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Breakfasting daily at a Madrid café where she observes fellow patrons, María Dolz offers condolences to a widow whose husband has been shockingly murdered, an act that leads to a new relationship and disturbing insights into the crime
The double by José Saramago( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,204 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
Skylight by José Saramago( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,107 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."--Publisher information
Pirates of the Levant by Arturo Pérez-Reverte( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking work as a mercenary aboard a Spanish galleon, Captain Alatriste, accompanied by his faithful foster son, Íñigo, participates in a grueling battle on the high seas that brings Íñigo's readiness for independence into question
The king's gold by Arturo Pérez-Reverte( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seville, 1626. After serving with honor at the bloody siege of Breda, Captain Alatriste and his protégé, Inigo Balboa, have returned: battle-weary, short of cash, and with few prospects for honest work. But the Spanish empire is as dangerous as ever, and it's not long before Alatriste receives an intriguing offer of short-term employment. He and Inigo must recruit a dozen swordsmen and mercenaries for a risky job involving a dazzling amount of contraband gold and a heavily guarded Spanish galleon returning from the West Indies. The offer comes from the king himself, for at stake is nothing less than the Spanish Crown, and its dominion over the wealth of the Americas
 
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Alternative Names
Costa, Margaret

Jull Costa, Margaret.

Jull Costa Margaret 1949-....

Margaret Jull Costa British translator of Portuguese and Spanish literature

Languages
English (224)

Spanish (2)

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The witch of Portobello : a novelBrida : a novelCainThe Zahir : a novel of obsessionThe winner stands aloneThe caveAll the namesDeath with interruptions