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Book Title: Todos los nombres|
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The author of the book: José Saramago
Date of issue: April 1st 2002
ISBN 13: 9788495501752
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Reader ratings: 4.9
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Generally when I write a review, I do it straight off and don't edit much. I start off with the idea of what I want to say about the book and it flows from there. But not this time. I also don't want to review the book(s) but just give my reactions to them. These are books that will be easily spoiled if you know too much about them before you read them.
Firstly it was by accident I read Death with Interruptions first and then this one. That was fortuitious, as the other way round would have spoiled the 'joke' of Death's filing cabinet. The two books not only hang together, fit like pieces of a jigsaw, they are immensely revealing of Saramago's preoccupations. One book was not enough for him to work out either the bureaucracy of death or unhealthy and insane obsessions with it, or of it come to that.
Sheer genius. But not 100% enjoyable.
I've just read the first few pages of reviews and to be honest none of them saw in the book what I did. (There were an awful lot of reviews in Arabic I could't read though). The reviews that concentrate on story, the plot, I think miss out on Saramago generally. You don't win the Nobel Prize for literature when you have such an annoying writing style if you just stick to fairly mundane stories. It's what is behind the story that is the genius, what you dimly perceive and is illuminated more as the novel progresses and you see the workings of the utterly original author's mind. And if you read the books in the order I did, you will be stunned at his genius and hope that some day someone makes a film of these books. They are perfectly visual anyway.
Then again all those reviewers might say I've just completely missed the point myself. It happens. But this time, I think they're wrong.
Rewritten July 16th 2016
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Read information about the authorJosé de Sousa Saramago (pronounced [ʒuˈzɛ sɐɾɐˈmagu]) was a Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, playwright and journalist. He was a member of the Portuguese Communist Party.
His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor rather than the officially sanctioned story. Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1998. He founded the National Front for the Defense of Culture (Lisbon, 1992) with among others Freitas-Magalhaes. He lived on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, Spain, where he died in June 2010.
A foundation with his name was established in 2007; its main aims are cultural promotion, particularly of Portuguese literature and authors. The A Viagem do Elefante.
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