The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis by Jose Saramago

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The year: 1936. Europe dances while an invidious dictator establishes himself in Portugal. The city: Lisbon-gray, colorless, chimerical. Ricardo Reis, a doctor and poet, has just come home after sixteen years in Brazil. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero.
 

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 April 27, 1992 by Mariner Books. 369 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Set in Lisbon, it's the story of the last year of Dr. Ricardo Reis, a man in his late 40s who has come back to Portugal to make a new life for himself.

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Ricardo Reis meets dead Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa and encounters two women who may be figments of Pessoa's poetry in this extraordinarily nuanced novel.

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The Independent

The flickering of narrative emphasis - from that Pooterish business with the dressing gown and the mouthwatering breakfast fantasy, to the sudden inescapable knock on the door - sucks us in fast and then makes our head spin.

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The book begins with a quote from the title character: “Wise is the man who contents himself with the spectacle of the world.” -Ricardo Reis I thought it was unorthodox to begin a novel with a quote from the title character, so I looked up Reis and found that he was actually a heteronym (a poet...

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