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Costa, Margaret Jull

Overview
Works: 190 works in 1,042 publications in 2 languages and 55,985 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
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Most widely held works by Margaret Jull Costa
Aleph by Paulo Coelho( Book )

21 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 2,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the story of a man who initiates a world-spanning effort to achieve spiritual renewal and human connection, a journey during which he reconnects with a woman from an earlier life while transcending time and space
Adultery : a novel by Paulo Coelho( Book )

19 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 2,089 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 witch of Portobello : a novel by Paulo Coelho( Book )

29 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 2,078 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 )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brida O'Fern, a beautiful young Irish girl on a quest for knowledge and understanding, encounters a wise man who teaches her how to overcome her fears and a woman who introduces her to the hidden music of the world
The Zahir : a novel of obsession by Paulo Coelho( Book )

36 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 1,732 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 )

27 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,641 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
Cain by José Saramago( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 1,623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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, where he witnesses repeated incidents that seem to prove the cruelty of an unjust God
The cave by José Saramago( Book )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,605 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 )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,540 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 )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,502 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?"--Summary from book
The elephant's journey by José Saramago( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in English and held by 1,456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text tells how in 1551, King John III of Portugal, whose wife, Catherine, is a Habsburg, decides that the best wedding present they can give to the Archduke Maximilian a Habsburg is the elephant that has been living in Lisbon for the last two years a gift from the Portuguese colonies in India
Manuscript found in Accra : a novel by Paulo Coelho( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,429 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."--
Skylight by José Saramago( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,345 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
The infatuations by Javier Marías( Book )

16 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,312 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
Eleven minutes by Paulo Coelho( Book )

28 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 1,310 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 )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 1,276 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 fencing master by Arturo Pérez-Reverte( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 1,214 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
The double by José Saramago( Book )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1998 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Saramago's novel deals with the fragility of identity. A history teacher, Tertuliano Maximo Afonso, watches a video and in it he sees an actor who looks and sounds exactly like him. Close scrutiny of a series of films reveals the actor even has moles in the same place, and the same accident scar on his knee. Afonso become obsessed with the need to meet the actor. He does and the entanglement that follows has the elements of a thriller, as the double's wife and Afonso's girlfriend are pulled, fatally, into the drama
A heart so white by Javier Marías( Book )

21 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
Pirates of the Levant by Arturo Pérez-Reverte( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 779 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.

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Margaret Jull Costa British translator of Portuguese and Spanish literature

Languages
English (366)

Spanish (2)

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