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  • Published: 20 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448112890
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

All The Names




A subtle and insightful story about boredom, passion, curiosity and memory from the Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago

Senhor José is a minor official in a registry office. He lives alone and spends his days in the documentation of the bare essentials – birth, marriage and death – of the lives of people he doesn't know. By chance he comes across a woman's file, in which her date and place of birth are not recorded, and his ordered, restricted life is turned upside down. Determined to discover more about the woman, he breaches all the regulations which have previously ruled his life. His quest becomes an obsession and gives a new meaning to his life yet his attempt to play God with other peoples' lives is destined to create new mysteries and complexities. In Senhor José, drawn from isolation into contact with the messy realities of human relationships, Saramago has created one of his most memorable characters and All the Names is one of his most subtle and engaging novels.



  • Pub date: 20 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448112890
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

José Saramago

José Saramago is one of the most important international writers of the last hundred years. Born in Portugal in 1922, he was in his sixties when he came to prominence as a writer with the publication of Baltasar and Blimunda. A huge body of work followed, translated into more than forty languages, and in 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Saramago died in June 2010.

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Praise for All The Names

“A novel that has soul, which Saramago offers to his readers with all his witty, intelligent, tender and magical generosity”

Samantha Harvey, Independent

“Offers an unearthly, muted beauty; a freedom from the obvious, the ideological and trivial; an atmosphere of profound serenity, and a benevolent humor”

Literary Review

“Both delightful and unsettling which is perhaps the mark of true literature”

Anthony Daniels, Sunday Telegraph

“A tantalizing novel...shifting and teasing, full of metaphorical labyrinths and false trails”

Herald

“It is the marriage of the living and the dying...that so strongly characterizes the writing of Jose Saramago”

New Statesman

“The Swedish Academy's citation called his novels "parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony." It is a description which perfectly captures his latest novel”

The Times


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