A major new novel by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Jose Saramago is one of the most important international writers of the last hundred years. Born in Portugal in 1922 in the small rural village of Azinhaga, he was in his fifties when he came to prominence as a writer with the publication of Baltasar & Blimunda. A huge body of work followed, which included plays, poetry, short stories, non-fiction and over a dozen novels, translated into more than forty languages, and in 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died in June 2010.
"He writes with wit, with heartbreaking dignity, and with the simplicity of a great artist in full control of his art. Let us listen to a true elder of our people, a man of tears, a man of wisdom" -- Ursula Le Guin Guardian "A brilliant, cruelly ironic, surreal expose of what we think of as civil society" -- John Burnside Scotland on Sunday "Saramago portrays an instantly recognisable world in which our political masters bang on about democracy while pursuing policies without any regard to the normal standards of law and basic morality, but in this dense, dark and occasionally brutal book he never forgets the satirist's duty to be funny" -- Peter Parker Sunday Times "This is political satire delivered with rare intellectual gravitas" Mail on Sunday "A profound fable" New Statesman