Manual of Painting and Calligraphy by Jose Saramago

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Manual of Painting and Calligraphy was José Saramago’s first novel. Written eight years before the critically acclaimed Baltasar and Blimunda, it is a story of self-discovery set against the background of the last years of Salazar’s dictatorship. A struggling young artist, commissioned to paint a portrait of an influential industrialist, learns in the process about himself and the world around him. The brilliant juxtaposition of a passionate love story and the crisis of a nation foreshadows all of Saramago’s major works. A must-have for any devotee of the great Portuguese Nobel laureate, Manual of Painting and Calligraphy is available in the United States for the first time.
 

About Jose Saramago

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JOSÉ SARAMAGO (1922-2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasar and Blimunda, and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Mariner Books. 259 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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makes a brief but serene visit to Italy, where he embarks on a pilgrimage to see the works of truly great artists like Cimabue and Piero della Francesca, but he’s quickly pulled back to life in Portugal, where his friend Antonio has been arrested by the secret police in Salazar’s regime.

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Saramago’s novel succeeds as a meditation on the writing process and a philosophical look at fiction and reality—for Saramago devotees, this is an insightful and meaningful book.

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New York Journal of Books

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“. . . a work that is rich in the details of the artist’s outer and inner life . . .”

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Historical Novel Society

As he delves deeper into himself, his relationships change, and he makes a conscious career-changing decision to explicate the concepts of identity and freedom, both of his clients and himself.

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The Coffin Factory

Judging by the notable writers and artists to shape the culture of the countries before and after, but not during these fascist dictatorships, and judging by the fact that Saramago’s literary career could only take off the very year that Salazar’s regime fell, one must say that true art is only p...

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