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Saramago, Jose (Translated by Amanda Hopkinson & Daniel Hahn) : The Notebook
Verso Books, London, England, 2010
First Edition / First Printing. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket. 276 pages. 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: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. 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.
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