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Costa, Margaret Jull

Works: 156 works in 776 publications in 2 languages and 53,658 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  History  Adventure stories  Historical fiction  Allegories  Fantasy fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Fables 
Roles: Translator, Author, Other, Illustrator, Editor
Classifications: PQ9281.A66, 869.342
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Margaret Jull Costa
Aleph by Paulo Coelho( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 2,135 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 )

21 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 2,100 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 )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the story of Brida, a young Irish girl, and her quest for knowledge. She has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom, who begin to teach Brida about the spiritual world. 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 Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch. This enthralling novel incorporates themes that fans of Paulo Coelho will recognize and treasure'it is a tale of love, passion, mystery, and spirituality from the master storyteller
The Zahir : a novel of obsession by Paulo Coelho( Book )

30 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,731 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 )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,669 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 )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 1,643 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 )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,564 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 )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,546 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 )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,510 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 fencing master by Arturo Pérez-Reverte( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 1,410 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 )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 1,336 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
Blindness : [a novel] by José Saramago( Book )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 1,328 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 )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Every day, Maria Dolz stops for breakfast at the same cafe. And every day she enjoys watching a handsome couple who follow the same routine. Then one day they aren't there, and she feels obscurely bereft. It is only later, when she comes across a newspaper photograph of the man, lying stabbed in the street, that she discovers who the couple are
Skylight by José Saramago( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,273 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 )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 813 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
A heart so white by Javier Marías( Book )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Newly married Juan Ranz digs into his family's troubled past beginning with the suicide of his father's first wife, Juan's aunt, and finds parallels in his relationships marked by miscommunication and the need for human contact
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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

English (236)

Spanish (1)

The witch of Portobello : a novelBrida : a novelThe Zahir : a novel of obsessionThe winner stands aloneThe caveAll the namesDeath with interruptionsThe elephant's journey