The Lives of Things by Giovanni Pontiero

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In this and other stories, Saramago allowed leftist doctrine, above all else, to guide his narratives. The result is something pamphlet-like...
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The Lives of Things collects José Saramago’s early experiments with the short story form, attesting to the young novelist’s imaginative power and incomparable skill in elaborating the most extravagant fantasies. Combining bitter satire, outrageous parody and Kafkaesque hallucinations, these stories explore the horror and repression that paralyzed Portugal under the Salazar regime and pay tribute to human resilience in the face of injustice and institutionalized tyranny.

Beautifully written and deeply unsettling, The Lives of Things illuminates the development of Saramago’s prose and records the genesis of themes that resound throughout his novels.
 

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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 April 25, 2012 by Verso. 161 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by SOHRAB AHMARI on Jun 17 2012

In this and other stories, Saramago allowed leftist doctrine, above all else, to guide his narratives. The result is something pamphlet-like...

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