O ano da morte de Ricardo Reis

Editora Companhia das Letras
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Neste magnífico romance, o heterônimo mais clássico do grande poeta português Fernando Pessoa, o horaciano Ricardo Reis, acha-se novamente em Lisboa, depois de uma temporada no Brasil, onde se auto-exilara. O ano é o de 1936. Médico, educado pelos jesuítas e monarquistas, ele é um sábio capaz de se contentar em assistir ao espetáculo do mundo, como diz numa das epígrafes do livro. Aqui, porém, ele se vê confrontado com os acontecimentos de 1936, em Portugal e fora dele; de um lado, a ditadura fascista de Salazar; de outro, a gestação da Segunda Guerra Mundial, a Frente Popular francesa, a Guerra Civil espanhola, a expansão nazista na Europa. Um confronto, enfim, com um mundo que decerto não era um espetáculo.
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About the author

Nasceu em 1922, de uma família de camponeses da província do Ribatejo, em Portugal. Devido a dificuldades econômicas foi obrigado a interromper os estudos secundários, tendo a partir de então exercido diversas atividades profissionais: serralheiro mecânico, desenhista, funcionário público, editor, jornalista, entre outras. Seu primeiro livro foi publicado em 1947. A partir de 1976 passou a viver exclusivamente da literatura, primeiro como tradutor, depois como autor. Romancista, teatrólogo e poeta, em 1998 tornou-se o primeiro autor de língua portuguesa a receber o Prêmio Nobel de Literatura. Saramago faleceu em Lanzarote, nas Ilhas Canárias, em 2010.
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Publisher
Editora Companhia das Letras
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Published on
Oct 7, 1988
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Pages
416
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ISBN
9788580860771
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Language
Portuguese (Portugal)
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Genres
Fiction / Literary
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José Saramago
“Saramago juxtaposes an eminently readable narrative of work and poverty, class and desire, knowledge and timelessness—one in which God, too, as he faces Cain in the wake of Noah's Ark, emerges as far more human than expected.” —San Francisco Chronicle

In this, his last novel, José Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Old Testament, recalling his provocative The Gospel According to Jesus Christ. His tale runs from the Garden of Eden, when God realizes he has forgotten to give Adam and Eve the gift of speech, to the moment when Noah’s Ark lands on the dry peak of Ararat. Cain, the despised, the murderer, is Saramago’s protagonist.

Condemned to wander forever after he kills his brother Abel, Cain makes his way through the world in the company of a personable donkey. He is a witness to and participant in the stories of Isaac and Abraham, the destruction of the Tower of Babel, Moses and the golden calf, the trials of Job. The rapacious Queen Lilith takes him as her lover. An old man with two sheep on a rope crosses his path. And again and again, Cain encounters a God whose actions seem callous, cruel, and unjust. He confronts Him, he argues with Him. “And one thing we know for certain,” Saramago writes, “is that they continued to argue and are arguing still.”

A startling book—sensual, funny—and in all ways a fitting end to Saramago’s extraordinary career.

“A winkingly blasphemous retelling of the Old Testament . . . Saramago, playfully stretching his chatty late style, pokes holes in the stated logic of the Biblical God throughout the novel.” —The New Yorker This e-book includes a sample chapter of BLINDNESS.
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