The History of the Siege of Lisbon

The History of the Siege of Lisbon If proofreaders were given their freedom and did not have their hands and feet tied by a mass of prohibitions binding than the penal code they would soon transform the face of the world establish th

  • Title: The History of the Siege of Lisbon
  • Author: José Saramago Giovanni Pontiero
  • ISBN: 9781860467226
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Paperback
  • If proofreaders were given their freedom and did not have their hands and feet tied by a mass of prohibitions binding than the penal code, they would soon transform the face of the world, establish the kingdom of universal happiness, giving drink to the thirsty, food to the famished, peace to those who live in turmoil, joy to the sorrowful for they would be able If proofreaders were given their freedom and did not have their hands and feet tied by a mass of prohibitions binding than the penal code, they would soon transform the face of the world, establish the kingdom of universal happiness, giving drink to the thirsty, food to the famished, peace to those who live in turmoil, joy to the sorrowful for they would be able to do all these things simply by changing the words The power of the word is evident in Portuguese author Jos Saramago s novel, The History of the Siege of Lisbon His protagonist, a proofreader named Raimundo Silva, adds a key word to a history of Portugal and thus rewrites not only the past, but also his own life Brilliantly translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero, The History of the Siege of Lisbon is a meditation on the differences between historiography, historical fiction, and stories inserted into history The novel is really two stories in one the reimagined history of the 1147 siege of Lisbon that Raimundo feels compelled to write and the story of Raimundo s life, including his unexpected love affair with the editor, Maria Sara In Saramago s masterful hands, the strands of this complex tale weave together to create a satisfying whole.
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      José Saramago Giovanni Pontiero

    About Author

    1. Jos de Sousa Saramago pronounced u z s magu was a Nobel laureate Portuguese novelist, playwright and journalist He was a member of the Portuguese Communist Party His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor rather than the officially sanctioned story Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1998 He founded the National Front for the Defense of Culture Lisbon, 1992 with among others Freitas Magalhaes He lived on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, Spain, where he died in June 2010.A foundation with his name was established in 2007 its main aims are cultural promotion, particularly of Portuguese literature and authors The Jos Saramago Foundation is currently based in Casa dos Bicos, a Portuguese landmark building in Lisbon Saramago s house in Lanzarote is also open to the public.Jos Saramago, together with his wife Pilar, were the subject of the award winning documentary Jos e Pilar, providing us with a glimpse into their love story and life, as he was writing his A Viagem do Elefante.


    The History of the Siege of Lisbon Comment

    1. Jose Saramago may not somebody who relies so heavily on plot He utilizes stream of consciousness in The History of the Siege of Lisbon as a way to merge the history of the city s past with that of the protagonist living out his life in the modern day In the novel, conversations bear no quotations, no parentheses appear on added on ideas non sequiturs, nor are questions accompanied by a Whole paragraphs are pages long, and it s safe to say that most of them contain a single action or noun which i [...]

    2. Encontrei na escrita o cunho de Saramago, mas n o a superioridade habitual das personagens Escrito em dois planos temporais perfeitamente interligados, o livro reescreve a hist ria do cerco de Lisboa e, simultaneamente, d nos a conhecer as personagens atuais num enredo que mistura Hist ria e fic o.Sem grande for a ou carisma e com um desenrolar calcul vel, reinventa um novo cerco para um mesmo desfecho.Ainda assim, vale sempre a pena ler Saramago e admirar a sua arte de escrever como quem conta [...]

    3. It has always struck me that history is not real life, literature, yes, and nothing else The History of the Siege of Lisbon is a spread and ironic contemplation on the theme of credibility of history as science Indeed, it is enough to change, delete or add a single word in some historical manuscript and the entire described event will be seen in the different light or will turn into its own opposite And how often, copying original texts in their scriptoriums, did monastic scribes change them to [...]

    4. Mais uma vez, acabo um livro de Saramago com uma sensa o quente no peito, e a vontade de ignorar a minha lista de livros a ler e ir imediatamente comprar outro livro do Nobel portugu s.Hist ria do Cerco de Lisboa conta a hist ria de Raimundo Silva, um revisor liter rio, que Saramago descreve como solit rio, simples Como revisor, Raimundo limita se a corrigir os erros de autores, sem qualquer liberdade art stica, dado que o campe o da realidade num mar de inconsistentes obras liter rias.At que um [...]

    5. While typing up my brief review of One Hundred Years of Solitude, i was reminded of this book, one of my favorites of all time, because like Gabriel Garc a M rquez s book, this was beautifully written as well as an awe inspiring translation effort.For 15 years i was an editor of reference books It shouldn t be a surprise, then, that a professional proofreader protagonist narrator immediately compelled me and held my attention The idiosyncratically minimalist punctuation and the pages long comma [...]

    6. The book is over 300 pages long, contains about 75 paragraphs and only one period per paragraph Typical of Saramago, and in my opinion, very entertaining He begins with the story of a rather mediocre proofreader who gets annoyed with the over confident author of a trade history book hey, I had one of those on my dissertation committee Just awful So the proofreader deletes a not from a key passage The dustjacket claims that this changes the course of history, but Saramago is not a Star Trek type [...]

    7. A leitura dos primeiros cap tulos do livro foi muito dif cil para mim, porque n o gostei da forma da escrita p ginas inteiras sem par grafos, com poucos pontos finais, onde as pausas existentes s o na maioria das vezes assinaladas com v rgulas Parecia que estava a ler a sebenta de Introdu o ao Direito do meu 1 ano de faculdade, que lia e voltava a reler para tentar compreender o seu conte do.Pelo que, a leitura tornou se mon tona e entediante e fez me passar pelo sono algumas vezes.Acho que sou [...]

    8. Una storia d a reale, dei giorni nostri, che nasce e cresce parallela ad una seconda storia d a, questa ambientata nel passato, creata dalla fantasia del protagonista maschile della prima storia d a, l a tra il soldato Mogueime e la galiziana Ouroana, che si incontrano nel corso dell assedio sotto le mura di Lisbona per liberare la citt dai mori e restituirla al cattolico Afonso, primo re dei Portoghesi Tre storie le due d a e quella di guerra che nascono tutte grazie ad una parola, una negazion [...]

    9. Come faccio a recensire un libro di Saramago Ogni volta che termino un suo libro, non riesco mai a commentare, a descrivere le emozioni, la bellezza che questo scrittore sa regalare senza apparire banale o scontata.Ma bando alle ciance e cominciamo.Una storia nella storia che coinvolge non solo l assedio a questa citt , ma anche un correttore di bozze e decisioni che possono cambiare la sua vita Tra fantasia e realt , Saramago ci accompagna in un mondo in cui la storia si fa presenza e diventa p [...]

    10. If at first a little tiring, this book certainly makes up for its somewhat unconventional style As fiction, the story is engaging, but it s the places the text goes in the direction of challenging the orthodoxy of historical writing that is truly memorable The sacredness of print, the linearity of time to say nothing of the sentence , and even the value of proofreading in ways than one are all thrown out the window This is historical fiction at its best.

    11. The story of Raimundo Silva, a proofreader, who acts on an impulse and by adding a no changes the content of a book and his life too Same long phrases, same existential questions, same irony and humor between the lines Really missed his style.

    12. I am no fan of Saramago I tried to read Blindness and it was so devastating that I don t think I made it than 20 pages , but a novel about proofreaders Ahh An entire novel by a well respected writer about the totally weird and nichey world in which I spend all my time Ahhh

    13. La Historia del cerco de Lisboa es la novela mejor narrada que he le do de Saramago sin demeritar las otras dos que he le do del portugu s En sus p ginas, se evidencia la cadencia, sensibilidad y entrega de un escritor a su obra En cierto modo, la novela a veces se muestra como el meta relato de un alter ego de Saramago, sumergido en los inconvenientes y virtudes del quehacer narrativo Diferenci ndose de la labor del historiador aquel que genera un relato con base en las fuentes y los hechos con [...]

    14. Hist ria do Cerco de Portugal n o era um livro de Saramago que contasse ler Pelo menos, n o para j Mas como pretendo ler todos ou quase todos os livros que Jos Saramago escreveu e este livro era o nico que ainda n o tinha lido que estava dispon vel na livraria onde foi comprado, acabou por ser algo indiferente Mas n o estava com particular vontade de o ler, talvez pela sua tem tica, e a verdade que agora penso que talvez n o tenha sido a melhor das ideias.Raimundo Silva um revisor tipogr fico e [...]

    15. This book took time than usual for me to read The problem with Saramago s book, at least for me, is that it requires good stretches of uninterrupted attention, something which has been a sparse thing these days But I finally finished it today.Saramago is up to his typical mischievousness here, lobbing another what if The man s imagination is as boundless as his knowledge and wonder The plot of this story hinges on a moment of whimsy on the part of a very ordinary, unwhimsical, unobtrusive and u [...]

    16. Another Saramago Masterpiece He managed to interweave lots of stories together, the History of the Siege of Lisbon as narrated by the historian academic by the proof reader, The love story between Raimundo Silva Maria Sara Mogueime Ouroana And while going back and forth between all those story lines set of actions he managed to illustrate his other thoughts reflections about names, about history and how it can be narrated, documented and even manipulated with Not to forget as well his sarcastic [...]

    17. P sykokeisiin luettu, ja piti my s lukea v kisin Ideasta pidin, mutta Saramagon kirjoitustyyli ei iskenyt ja lukukokemus oli varsin tuskainen.

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