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  • Published: 1 August 2002
  • ISBN: 9781860467202
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $22.99

All The Names




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

A subtle and insightful story about boredom, passion, curiosity and memory from the Nobel Prize-winner José SaramagoSenhor José is a lonely civil servant who spends his days labouring in the labyrinthine stacks of Lisbon's central registry. Among the file-cards for the living and the dead, one - of an apparently ordinary woman - will transform his life. Breaking away from his strict routine, José resolves to track the woman down, obsessively following a thread of clues in a bid to rescue her from an oblivion deeper than the grave.

'When a very good book finds us at just the right moment in life, it can become stitched into our own identity. All the Names - a novel about identity and connection - has become stitched into mine' Samantha Harvey, Independent

  • Published: 1 August 2002
  • ISBN: 9781860467202
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $22.99

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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