Title: THE NOTEBOOK - Scarce Pristine Copy of The ...
Publisher: London, England: Verso Books, 2010
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 276 pages. Published in 2010. The author's diary of one year. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. There is no American Edition. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jose Saramago's "O Caderno" in a felicitous English translation. "Offers a rare glimpse into his personal life with the publication of a year's worth of blog entries, assembled in diary form. Goaded by his family, Saramago agreed to blog about any and everything he had to say. What has emerged is an incredibly poetic glimpse of our world. He writes exceptionally moving pieces concerning the Middle East and many other regions of the globe. Beautifully crafted and honest, elegant in tone and style, they clearly convey a legend's take on our evolving society" (Publisher's blurb). Well, Saramago was not your ordinary blogger. His blogs should be required reading for all other career-bloggers. Saramago just happened to be "arguably the greatest writer of our time" (The Chicago Tribune), and as such, appropriated the blog as an extension of his work. Every single page of every single book he has ever written makes the reader feel that he or she is in the hands of an unsurpassable Master, and the pages of this Notebook are no exception. That's precisely why they have now been collected and published in a book whereas most blogs will not. An absolute "must-have" title for Jose Saramago collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First British Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online are remainder-marked or have serious flaws. A scarce copy thus. Regarded by Harold Bloom as one of the two greatest novelists of our time (the other being Philip Roth), Jose Saramago will be read as probably the greatest European novelist of the last fifty years. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOSE SARAMAGO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1844676145. Bookseller Inventory # 18278
Synopsis: Thought-provoking and lyrical, The Notebook records the last year in the life of José Saramago. In these pages, beginning on the eve of the 2008 US presidential election, he evokes life in his beloved city of Lisbon, revisits conversations with friends, and meditates on his favorite authors. Precise observations and moments of arresting significance are rendered with pointillist detail and together demonstrate an acute understanding of our times. Characteristically critical and uncompromising, Saramago dissects the financial crisis, deplores Israel?s punishment of Gaza, and reflects on the rise of Barack Obama. The Notebook is a unique journey into the personal and political world of one of the greatest writers of our time.
About the Author:
The Portuguese Nobel Laureate Jose? Saramago was a novelist, playwright and journalist. His numerous books, including the bestselling All the Names, Blindness, and The Cave, have been translated into more than forty languages and have established him as one of the world?s most influential writers. He died in June 2010.
Umberto Eco is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the author of Foucault?s Pendulum, The Name of the Rose, and other international bestsellers. He lives in Milan, Italy.
Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor, researcher, and translator. His translations include Creole (2002), The Book of Chameleons (2006), My Father?s Wives (2008), and Rainy Season (2009), by Angolan novelist Jose? Eduardo Agualusa.
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