The Lives of Things

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A surreal short story collection from the master of what-ifs.

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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, 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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Author Jose Saramago / Giovanni Pontiero (translator)
Publisher Verso
Page Count 160pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.25 x 1
Publication Notes hardcover
Publication Date April 25, 2012
ISBN 978-1844678785

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