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The history of the siege of Lisbon

By: Saramago, Jose

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1860467229 / 9781860467226
Paperback
869.342
01/06/2000
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England
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20 cm 312p.
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Reprint. This translation originally published: 1996.
Jose Saramago is the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.

What happens when the facts of history are replaced by the mysteries of love?When Raimundo Silva, a lowly proofreader for a Lisbon publishing house, inserts a negative into a sentence of a historical text, he alters the whole course of the 1147 Siege of Lisbon.

Fearing censure he is met instead with admiration: Dr Maria Sara, his voluptuous new editor, encourages him to pen his own alternative history.

As his retelling draws on all his imaginative powers, Silva finds - to his nervous delight - that if the facts of the past can be rewritten as a romance then so can the details of his own dusty bachelor present.

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FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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