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Jose Saramago
JOSE SARAMAGO "The History of the Siege of Lisbon" SIGNED First Printing HC/DJ
Harcourt Brace, 1996. First Edition, First Printing. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine in archival protective cover. 292 pages. SIGNED on the half title page by Jose Saramago. Loosely laid in is Mr. Saramago's return address sticker from the mailer in which the book was shipped from Lanzarote. "The brilliantly original achievement of Siege is the comical, hesitant, and powerfully erotic progress of the couple's mutual courtship. . . . Saramago is one of Europe's most original and remarkable writers. His writing is imbued with a spirit of comic inquiry, meditative pessimism and a quietly transforming energy that turns the indefinite into the unforgettable" (The Los Angeles Times Book Review). Often described as a satirist, Saramago's work goes much deeper, and he is perhaps the greatest modern literary ironist since Franz Kafka. An important distinction: A satirist mocks, makes fun of, and laughs at others; an ironist mocks, makes fun of, and laughs at himself, that is, makes us laugh at his pain. "Arguably the greatest writer of our time. He throws a dazzling flash of lightning on his subjects" (The Chicago Tribune). Saramago was an anomaly who came out of nowhere, seemingly born a genius. Every single page of every single book he has ever written makes the reader feel that he or she is in the hands of an unsurpassable Master. Among the Nobel Laureates and other great writers of our time, Saramago's signature was probably the most difficult to get because he rarely left Lanzarote, the island he moved to at the height of his fame. Regarded by Harold Bloom as … [Click Below for Full Description]
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