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The Lives of Things

Authors: Saramago, Jose
Publisher: Verso Books
BISAC/Subject: FIC019000, FIC029000, FIC052000
ISBN: 9781844679089, Related ISBNs: 1781680868, 1844678784, 184467908X, 9781781680865, 9781844678785
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 228,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: 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, The Lives of Things illuminates the development of Saramago’s prose and records the genesis of themes that resound throughout his novels.
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