[Marxism] THE LIVES OF THINGS - JOSE SARAMAGO (NEW FROM VERSO)

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NEW TITLE:

THE LIVES OF THINGS

By JOSE SARAMAGO

Published: 25th April 2012

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“Easily bears comparison to Calvino and Borges, albeit with a more politically astute edge...a welcome reminder of why he deserved the Nobel” – SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

http://www.scotsman.com/scotland-on-sunday/scotland/jose-saramago-s-surreal-deal-1-2234986

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THE LIVES OF THINGS collects José Saramago’s early experiments with the short story form, attesting to the young novelist’s imaginative power and incomparable skill in elaborating the most extravagant fantasies. Combining bitter satire, outrageous parody and Kafkaesque hallucinations, these stories explore the horror and repression that paralyzed Portugal under the Salazar regime and pay tribute to human resilience in the face of injustice and institutionalized tyranny.
Beautifully written and deeply unsettling, TheLives of Things illuminates the development of Saramago’s prose and records the genesis of themes that resound throughout his novels.

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Further praise for THE LIVES OF THINGS:

“An intriguing coda to a fascinating career” – METRO

“One of the giants of European literature...For new readers, this collection is an essential introduction to Saramago's concerns with social decay, alienation and political repression and the alternatives to them. For devotees, it is one to savour.” – MORNING STAR http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/118185

“Here, the literary lion experiments with shorter, more inventive forms, and the results are lucid and impressive…Saramago's considerable talent is clearly manifest.” – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“THE LIVES OF THINGS is a wonderful artifact…it is, like all his books, intoxicating reading…Moribund, absurd, flickering quickly between mirth and horror, these stories are filled with the master scribe’s sibylline ruminations on mortality and language, and a gentle, blossoming beauty.” – FAST FORWARD WEEKLY
http://www.ffwdweekly.com/article/arts/books/collection-not-signature-saramago-9244/

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The Portuguese Nobel Laureate JOSÉ 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.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 878 5 / $23.95 / £12.99 / Hardback / 160 pages

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