Raised from the Ground by Jose Saramago

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Raised From the Ground is a lovely and fascinating read, fiction of the highest order.
-Toronto Star

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"Essential...A novel that resounds with relevance for our own time." —New York Times Book Review

First published in 1980, the City of Lisbon Prize–winning Raised from the Ground follows the changing fortunes of the Mau Tempo family—poor landless peasants not unlike Saramago’s own grandparents. Set in Alentejo, a southern province of Portugal known for its vast agricultural estates, the novel charts the lives of the Mau Tempos as national and international events rumble on in the background—the coming of the republic in Portugual, the two world wars, and an attempt on the dictator Salazar’s life. Yet nothing really impinges on the grim reality of the farm laborers’ lives until the first communist stirrings.

Raised from the Ground is Saramago’s most deeply personal novel, the book in which he found the signature style and voice that distinguishes all of his brilliant works.

 

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 December 4, 2012 by Mariner Books. 383 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Steven Heighton on Dec 28 2012

If this novel’s vision of entrenched inequalities makes it seem timely, another factor makes it aesthetically essential: By the author’s own reckoning it’s the book where he found and developed his style.

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Good
Reviewed by Ursula K Le Guin on Dec 26 2012

The breadth of his thought and sympathy, the difficult balance between the patience and trust he speaks of and his passionate political conviction give the novel a wider focus than most such testimonies of human injustice.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by John L. Murphy, Ph.D. on Aug 16 2012

This novel expects a patient reader willing to plunge into a detailed, nearly stream-of-consciousness approach played off of Mr. Saramago’s unpredictable third-person, yet intimate and offbeat voice filtered in and out of a variety of heroes...

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Toronto Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Michel Basilieres on Dec 28 2012

Raised From the Ground is a lovely and fascinating read, fiction of the highest order.

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