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What happens when the facts of history are replaced by the mysteries of love? When Raimundo Silva, a lowly proof-reader for a Lisbon publishing house ...Show synopsisWhat happens when the facts of history are replaced by the mysteries of love? When Raimundo Silva, a lowly proof-reader for a Lisbon publishing house, inserts a negative into a sentence of a historical text, he alters the whole course of the 1147 Siege of Lisbon. Fearing censure he is met instead with admiration: Dr Maria Sara, his voluptuous new editor, encourages him to pen his own alternative history. As his retelling draws on all his imaginative powers, Silva finds - to his nervous delight - that if the facts of the past can be rewritten as a romance then so can the details of his own dusty bachelor present.Hide synopsis
Description:Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition...Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Text in English, Spanish. 312 p.
Description:Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. New York: Harcourt Brace. 1997....Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. New York: Harcourt Brace. 1997. First American edition. Short note in ink on front endpaper, otherwise near fine copy in near fine price-clipped dust jacket in a mylar protector.
Description:Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. First U.K. Edition. NF/NF....Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. First U.K. Edition. NF/NF. Hardcover; blue cloth; 312 pp.; slight wear to the jacket edges, else a crisp, clean near fine copy in like jacket. Protected in archival wrapper. By the Nobel Prize winning author. Uncommon.
Description:Very Good/Very Good. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall 186046131x 312 pp,...Very Good/Very Good. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall 186046131x 312 pp, only the very slightest defects on the jacket, otherwise near fine 17f.
Description:Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition...Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. 312 p.
Title: The History of the Siege of Lisbon Scarce Fine Copy of the First British Edition/First Printing With Rare Signed Copy of the First Swedish Edition/First Printing Author:Jose Saramago ISBN-13:9781860461316 ISBN:186046131X
Description:Signed by Author. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 312...Signed by Author. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 312 pages. Fine in Fine dust jacket. Rare Jose Saramago collectible set. A fine copy of "The History of The Siege of Lisbon" with a rare signed copy of the First Swedish Edition. The author's fifth novel to be translated into English. One of Jose Saramago's greatest achievements. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only (simultaneously with the First American Edition) through a grant from the Portuguese Government. The First Swedish Edition was published in 1991, preceding both English-language Editions by five years. These First Editions are now very scarce. Presents Jose Saramago's "Historia do Cerco de Lisboa" in translation. A faux-historical novel that shows us "how history, often constructed from the slightest shreds, fails to acknowledge the reality of unavailable evidence. Proofreader Raimundo Silva dares to falsify a statement in a history text, namely, that Galician warriors conquered Lisbon from the Moors in 1147 without the help of returning Crusaders. Instead of losing his job, he gains the respect of his supervisor and begins an affair with her. Soon he is rooting for a Moor over the Archbishop of Braga, suspecting that there is more Moor-ish than Christian blood in Portugal as a nation" (James Shreve). "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. An absolute "must-have" title for Jose Saramago collectors. This title is a modern classic. This copy of the First British Edition/First Printing comes with a copy of the 1991 First Swedish Edition/First Printing, which is very prominently and beautifully signed, dated (in the month and year of publication), placed, and inscribed in blue pen by the author: "Jose Saramago 27.9.91 Gothenburg". Saramago made an appearance at the Gothenburg Book Festival during which his signature was obtained. He was famous and revered in Europe (particularly Sweden, which eventually awarded him the Nobel Prize) long before he became well-known in the Anglo-American world, making this signed copy uniquely special. This is the only such set available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. A rare set thus. Regarded by Harold Bloom as one of the two greatest novelists of our time (the other being Philip Roth), Jose Saramago will be read as probably the greatest European novelist of the last fifty years. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998. A fine collectible set. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOSE SARAMAGO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 186046131X.
Description:First American edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed and...First American edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed and dated by Saramago. Fine in a fine dust jacket. The Portugese writer Jose Saramago is the recipient of both the 1995 Camões Prize and 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. Harold Bloom described Saramago as "the greatest living novelist" and considers him to be "a permanent part of the Western canon (Evans, 2002)."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).
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