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About the book
  • Published: 1 October 2004
  • ISBN: 9781843431077
  • Imprint: Harvill Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $34.99

The Double




A major new novel by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature

What happens when Tertuliano Maximo Afonso, a professor of history, discovers at thirty-eight that there is a man living in the same city who is identical to him, but not related by blood at all. How do we know who we are? What do we mean by identity? What defines us as individual, unique people? Could we ever come to terms with the existence of another person with our voice, our features, our everything, down to the smallest distinguishing mark? Could we change places with our double without those closest to us noticing? Jose Saramago's new novel can be read as an existential thriller, but it is above all a work of literature that immerses us in the essential questions of life.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2004
  • ISBN: 9781843431077
  • Imprint: Harvill Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $34.99

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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