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Costa, Margaret Jull

Works: 192 works in 1,099 publications in 2 languages and 56,057 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Allegories  History  Historical fiction  Fantasy fiction  Religious fiction  Paranormal fiction  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Other, Illustrator
Classifications: PQ9698.13.O3546, 869.342
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Margaret Jull Costa
Aleph by Paulo Coelho( Book )

22 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 2,447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his most personal novel to date, internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him. Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. Even so, he never expects to meet Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved five hundred years before--and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice so far-reaching that it prevents him from finding real happiness in this life. Together they will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life's inevitable challenges. Beautiful and inspiring, Aleph invites us to consider the meaning of our own personal journeys: Are we where we want to be, doing what we want to do? --
The witch of Portobello : a novel by Paulo Coelho( Book )

31 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 2,178 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
Adultery : a novel by Paulo Coelho( Book )

19 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 2,087 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" --
Brida : a novel by Paulo Coelho( Book )

22 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,864 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
The Zahir : a novel of obsession by Paulo Coelho( Book )

36 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 1,829 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
Cain by José Saramago( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 1,766 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 winner stands alone by Paulo Coelho( Book )

27 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: The beloved, bestselling international author of The Alchemist returns with another haunting novel-a thrilling journey into our constant fascination with the worlds of fame, fortune, and celebrity. A profound meditation on personal power and innocent dreams that are manipulated or undone by success, The Winner Stands Alone is set in the exciting worlds of fashion and cinema. Taking place over the course of twenty-four hours during the Cannes Film Festival, it is the story of Igor, a successful, driven Russian entrepreneur who will go to the darkest lengths to reclaim a lost love-his ex-wife, Ewa. Believing that his life with Ewa was divinely ordained, Igor once told her that he would destroy whole worlds to get her back. The conflict between an individual evil force and society emerges, and as the novel unfolds, morality is derailed. Meet the players and poseurs behind the scenes at Cannes-the "Superclass" of producers, actors, designers, and supermodels, as well as the aspiring starlets, has-been stars, and jaded hangers-on. Adroitly interweaving the characters' stories, Paulo Coelho uses his twelfth novel to paint an engrossing picture of a world overrun by glamour and excess, and shows us the possibly dire consequences of our obsession with fame
The cave by José Saramago( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cipriano Algor, an ageing potter, lives with his daughter in the shadow of the Centre, a nebulous megaplex that provides his livelihood - until it haughtily decrees it is no longer interested in his humble wares
All the names by José Saramago( Book )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,703 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
Manuscript found in Accra : a novel by Paulo Coelho( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,678 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. "--
Death with interruptions by José Saramago( Book )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,558 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 )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in English and held by 1,540 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)
The infatuations by Javier Marías( Book )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,512 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 fencing master by Arturo Pérez-Reverte( Book )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 1,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On the eve of Spain's September Revolution of 1868, while the regal Isabella consorts with her household cavalry and rumours and plots abound, Jaime Astarloa, master of the ancient art of fencing, conducts his life above such vulgarities. However, even Don Jaime finds his attention diverted by the arrival at his door of the mysterious, beautiful young Adela de Otero, who persuades him to take her on as a pupil. After one bout that leaves no question of her talent and skill, the master falls in love with his pupil. Erotic passion and political intrigue threaten to distract him from his quest for the perfect sword thrust, even as he becomes embroiled in a conspiracy that, a survivor of a more gallant age, he does not fully comprehend. But if Don Jaime proves naive, he is no less resolute. It takes time for him to understand, but when he does, and when all his illusions are shattered, will he have the strength left for a duel which can only be to the death?"--BOOK JACKET
Skylight by José Saramago( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,414 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
Eleven minutes by Paulo Coelho( Book )

29 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 1,388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Embittered by her first experiences of love, a young Brazilian girl travels to Geneva in search of fame and fortune and finds her beliefs about sex and romance challenged by her relationship with a young painter
Seeing by José Saramago( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 1,340 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 double by José Saramago( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,213 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
A heart so white by Javier Marías( Book )

21 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a novel that chronicles family secrets, Juan knows little about his father Ranz, but each seems to have always been comfortable with their friendly but distant orbit. When Juan marries, his new wife bonds with Ranz, and Juan considers the past anew, yet he really doesn't want to know about it
Pirates of the Levant by Arturo Pérez-Reverte( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 838 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
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The witch of Portobello : a novel
Alternative Names
Costa, Margaret

Jull Costa, Margaret.

Jull Costa Margaret 1949-....

Margaret Jull Costa British translator of Portuguese and Spanish literature

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Spanish (2)

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