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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.



Reviews

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

Herald

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

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

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

Anthony Daniels, Sunday Telegraph

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  • Paperback

    9781860467202

    August 1, 2002

    Vintage Classics

    256 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • EBook

    9781448112890

    September 20, 2013

    Vintage Digital

    256 pages

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Also by Jose Saramago

Skylight
Raised from the Ground
Cain
The Elephant's Journey
Small Memories
Death at Intervals
Blindness
Seeing
The Double
The Cave
Baltasar & Blimunda
History Of The Siege Of Lisbon
Tale Of The Unknown Island
Year Of The Death Of Ricardo Reis
The Gospel According To Jesus Christ
Stone Raft
Journey To Portugal

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Swing Time
The Mistress
Tiger Men
The Golden Age
Fifty Shades Darker
A Long Way from Home
Uncommon Type
The Trip of a Lifetime
The Light Between Oceans
Line of Fire
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