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History Of The Siege Of Lisbon

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Book Summary of History Of The Siege Of Lisbon

Through boredom or through a spirit of contradiction, publisher's proof-reader Raimundo Silva takes it upon himself to insert a negative into a sentence in a history book. The text now asserts that, in 1147, the king reconquered Lisbon from the Saracens without any assistance from the Crusaders. The effects of this minor act of insubordination are surprising. His relationship with his editor, the voluptuous Dr. Maria Sara, is changed and Silva finds himself penning a revised history. As he does, he discovers that not only the past but also the present can be written as romance. Around Silva's simple act of altering a text, Saramago has constructed one of his most mind-stretching novels. The History of the Siege of Lisbon is written on a canvas broad enough to contain a bitter-sweet love-affair, an investigation into the writing of history, and a parable on life in Portugal under Salazar.

Details of Book: History Of The Siege Of Lisbon (BSID:19411)

Book History Of The Siege Of Lisbon
Author Jose Saramago
ISBN 1860467229
ISBN-13 9781860467226, 978-1860467226
Binding Paperback
Publisher Random House Group
Publishing Date 01/06/00
Number of Pages 320
Language Portuguese
Dimensions 7.8 x 5.16 x 0.83 inches
Weight 226 grams

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Jeff November 05, 2007 review from Goodreads

While typing up my brief review of One-Hundred Years of Solitude, i was reminded of this book, one of my favorites of all time, because like Gabriel García Márquez's book, this was an awe-inspiring translation effort.For 15 years i was an editor of reference books. It shouldn't be a surprise,


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