Raised from the Ground

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A multigenerational family saga that paints a sweeping portrait of twentieth-century Portugal.

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First published in 1980, the City of Lisbon Prize–winning Raised from the Ground follows the changing fortunes of the Mau Tempo family—poor landless peasants not unlike Saramago’s own grandparents. Set in Alentejo, a southern province of Portugal known for its vast agricultural estates, the novel charts the lives of the Mau Tempos as national and international events rumble on in the background—the coming of the republic in Portugual, the two World Wars, and an attempt on the dictator Salazar’s life. Yet nothing really impinges on the grim reality of the farm laborers’ lives until the first communist stirrings.

Finally available in English, Raised from the Ground is Saramago’s most deeply personal novel, the book in which he found the signature style and voice that distinguishes all of his brilliant work.

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Author Jose Saramago / Margaret Jull Costa (translator)
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourd
Page Count 384pp
Publication Size 6.5 x 9.25 x 1.25
Publication Notes hardcover
Publication Date December 4, 2012
ISBN 978-0151013258

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