The Cave

Mariner Books - Apt as the comparison is, it doesn’t convey the warmth and rueful human dimension of novels like Blindness and All the Names. A remarkably generous and eloquent novel. Publishers weekly  Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa. Those qualities are particularly evident in his latest brilliant, dark allegory, which links the encroaching sterility of modern life to the parable of Plato’s cave .

 .  . Astonishingly, the center places an order for hundreds, and Cipriano and Marta set to work—until the order is cancelled and the penniless trio must move from the village into The Center. On one such trip, he is told not to make any more deliveries. Unwilling to give up his craft, Cipriano tries his hand at making ceramic dolls.

The Cave - Marçal works there as a security guard, and Cipriano drives him to work each day before delivering his own humble pots and jugs. People prefer plastic, apparently. A los angeles times best book of the year and a new york times notable book   Cipriano Algor, lives with his daughter Marta and her husband Marçal in a small village on the outskirts of The Center, apartments, an imposing complex of shops, an elderly potter, and offices.

When mysterious sounds of digging emerge from beneath their new apartment, Cipriano and Marçal investigate; what they find transforms the family’s life, in a novel that is both “irrepressibly funny” The Christian Science Monitor and a “triumph” The Washington Post Book World. The struggle of the individual against bureaucracy and anonymity is one of the great subjects of modern literature, and Saramago is often matched with Kafka as one of its premier exponents.





The Double: A Novel

Mariner Books - As this novel by the author of blindness and All the Names begins, Tertuliano Máximo Afonso is a divorced, depressed history teacher. A “wonderfully twisted meditation on identity and individuality” from a Nobel Prize–winning author who pushes fiction to its very limits The Boston Globe. Can we be reduced to our outward appearance, the double is a timeless novel from a writer john Updike described in The New Yorker as “like Faulkner, rather than the sum of our experiences?   The inspiration for the film Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Denis Villeneuve, so confident of his resources and ultimate destination that he can bring any impossibility to life by hurling words at it.

It’s tempting to think of The Double as his masterpiece. The new york times  translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa  . But during the night, more specifically, he finds the vcr replaying the video and watches in astonishment as a man who looks exactly like him—or, exactly like he did five years earlier, when he is awakened by noise, mustachioed and fuller in the face—appears on the screen.

The Double: A Novel - To lift his spirits, a colleague suggests he rent a certain video. As he roots out the man’s identity, what begins as a whimsical chase becomes a probing investigation into what makes us human. Tertuliano watches the film, unimpressed. Against his own better judgment, Tertuliano decides to pursue his double.





The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis Harvest in Translation

Mariner Books - What’s brought him back is word that the great poet, Fernando Pessoa, has died. From the nobel prize-winning author: “a capacious, funny, threatening novel” of wandering souls and political upheaval in 1930s Portugal The New York Times Book Review. At the same time, Dr. As a fascist revolution roils, and as reis’s path intersects with three relative strangers—two living, one dead—Reis may finally discover the reality of his own chimerical existence.

The year is 1936, and the dictator António de Oliveira Salazar is establishing himself in Portugal, edging his country toward civil war. A rich story about human relationships and dreams. The new york times called “a magnificent tour-de-force, perhaps one of the best novels published in Europe since World War II” The Bloomsbury Review and “altogether remarkable” The Wall Street Journal, The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis is a PEN Award winner and stands among the finest works by the author of Blindness.

The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis Harvest in Translation - Translated by Giovanni Pontiero  . Ricardo reis has returned home to Lisbon after a long sojourn in Brazil. With no intention of resuming his practice, wastes his days strolling the boulevards and back streets, Reis now dabbles in his own poetry, engages in affairs with two different women—and is followed through each excursion by Pessoa’s ghost.





The Stone Raft Harvest Book

Mariner Books - Taking to the road to explore the limits of their now finite land, they find themselves adrift in a world made new by this radical shift in perspective. At once an epic adventure and a profound fable about the state of the European project, social, The Stone Raft is a “hauntingly lyrical narrative with political, and moral underpinnings” Booklist that “may be Saramago’s finest work” Los Angeles Times.

As bureaucrats ponder what to do about their unusual predicament, the intertwined lives of these five strangers are clarified and forever changed by a physical, spiritual, and sexual voyage to an unknown destination. Panic ensues as residents and tourists attempt to escape, while crowds gather on cliffs to watch the newly formed island sail off into the sea.

A nobel prize winner who has been called “the García Márquez of Portugal” New Statesman chronicles world events on a human scale in this exhilarating allegorical novel. Meanwhile, five people on the island are drawn together—first by a string of surreal events and then by love. Translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero.

The Stone Raft Harvest Book - One day, quite inexplicably, the Iberian Peninsula simply breaks free from the European continent and begins to drift as if it were a sort of stone raft. A “marvelously amusing” political fable in which part of the European continent breaks off and drifts away on its own Publishers Weekly, starred review.





All the Names

Mariner Books - But one day, when he comes across the records of an anonymous young woman, something happens to him. A middle-aged bachelor, marriage, divorce, he has no interest in anything beyond the certificates of birth, and death that are his daily routine. From a nobel prize winner: “A psychological, even metaphysical thriller that will keep you turning the pages .

 .  . With growing alarm and alacrity. The seattle times   a washington post book world favorite book of the Year   Senhor José is a low-grade clerk in the city’s Central Registry, where the living and the dead share the same shelf space. The loneliness of people’s lives, the effects of chance, the discovery of love—all coalesce in this extraordinary novel that displays the power and art of José Saramago in brilliant form.

All the Names - Obsessed, senhor josé sets off to follow the thread that may lead him to the woman—but as he gets closer, and about himself, he discovers more about her, than he would ever have wished.





Baltasar and Blimunda: A Novel Harvest Book

Mariner Books - The portuguese king promises the greedy prelates of the Church an expansive new convent, should they intercede with God to give him an heir. Hailed by usa today as “an unexpected gem, full of magic and adventure, exquisite historical detail, ” Baltasar and Blimunda is a captivating literary tour de force, and the power of both human folly and human will.

A romance and an adventure, a rumination on royalty and religion in 18th-century Portugal and a bitterly ironic comment on the uses of power. The new york times Portugal, 1711. A young couple, if tormented, brought together by chance, live out a sweet, romance. Weaving together multiple storylines to present both breathtaking fiction and incisive commentary, religious criticism, political satire, José Saramago spins an epic and captivating yarn, renowned Portuguese writer and winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature, equal parts historical fiction, and whimsical romance.

Baltasar and Blimunda: A Novel Harvest Book - Meanwhile, amid the fires and horrors of the inquisition, angry crowds and abused peasants rejoice in spectacles of cruelty, from bullfighting to auto-da-fe; disgraced priests openly flout God’s laws; and chaos reigns over a society on the brink of disaster. A lonely priest works in maniacal solitude on his Passarola, a heretical flying machine he hopes will allow him to soar far from the madness surrounding him.





The History of the Siege of Lisbon: A Novel

Mariner Books - When discovered, his insolent disregard for facts appalls his employers—save for his new editor, Maria Sara. It’s a serpentine journey through time where past and present converge, and fiction and reality blur—especially for Rainmundo and Maria themselves, fact becomes myth, who begin to find themselves erotically drawn to each other.

Fluent in portuguese, he has been assigned to work on a standard history of the country, and the twelfth-century king who laid siege to Lisbon. This hypnotic tale is a great comic romp through history, language and the imagination. Publishers weekly  Translated by Giovanni Pontiero  . She suggests that Rainmundo take his transgressions even further.

The History of the Siege of Lisbon: A Novel - Through rainmundo and maria’s eyes, what transpires is an alternate view of history and a colorful reinvention of a debatable truth. In a moment of subversive daring, Raimundo decides to change just one single word of text—a capricious revision that completely undoes the past. A proofreader realizes his power to edit the truth on a whim, in a “brilliantly original” novel by a Nobel Prize winner Los Angeles Times Book Review.

Raimundo silva is a middle-aged, celibate clerk, proofing manuscripts for a respectable publishing house. Walter mitty has nothing on Raimundo Silva .  .  .





Clear Light of Day: A Novel

Mariner Books - Distinctively shaded with enticing glimpses of India’s Hindu middle-class in shabby decline. Kirkus reviews, starred review. Set in the vividly portrayed environs of Old Delhi, “Clear Light of Day does what only the very best novels can do: it totally submerges us. It also takes us so deeply into another world that we almost fear we won’t be able to climb out again” The New York Times Book Review.

Passages must be read and reread so that you savor their imagery, their language, and their wisdom. The washington post book World   “A thoroughly universal tale of unhealable family hurts.  .  . Bimla is a dissatisfied but ambitious teacher at a women’s college who lives in her childhood home, where she cares for her mentally challenged brother, Baba.

Clear Light of Day: A Novel - At the heart of this “wonderful” novel are the moving relationships between the estranged members of the Das family The Washington Post Book World. Raja is their popular, brilliant, and successful brother. Shortlisted for the man booker prize: a “rich, Chekhovian novel” about family and forgiveness from the acclaimed author of Fire on the Mountain The New Yorker.

Tara is her younger, unambitious sister, married and with children of her own. When tara returns for a visit with Bimla and Baba, old memories and tensions resurface, blending into a domestic drama that leads to beautiful and profound moments of self-understanding.





The Man Who Cried I Am: A Novel

The Overlook Press - Williams reveals the hope, courage, and bitter disappointment of African American intellectuals in the postwar era. Along with the large doses of morphine running through his veins, the alcohol allows him to forget the painful disease ravaging his body, but it also prompts him to reflect on the circumstances that have brought him to this point—made him who he is today.

Through the eyes of max, and malcolm x, among other historical figures, James Baldwin, with penetrating fictional portraits of Richard Wright, author John A. Infused with powerful artistry and searing anger, humanity, and vision, as well as insight, The Man Who Cried I Am is a modern American classic.

The Man Who Cried I Am: A Novel - A black expat writer uncovers a sinister plot to destroy the American civil rights movement in this exceptionally powerful novel, which includes an introduction by bestselling author Walter Mosley. On a warm spring afternoon in 1964, Max Reddick sits at an outdoor café in Amsterdam, nursing a glass of Pernod.

But nothing he has encountered could have prepared him for the devastating and dangerous truth he now faces. From the streets of new york city to the jazz clubs of paris and amsterdam, from the battlefields of World War II to the Oval Office, Max’s journey as an African American author and journalist has brought him into the nexus of hypocrisy and duplicity surrounding segregation and civil rights time and again.





The Liberated Bride: A Novel

Mariner Books - In this comedy of manners, and fear of, at once deeply serious and highly entertaining, Yehoshua brilliantly portrays characters from disparate sectors of Israeli life, united above all by a very human desire for, the truth in politics and life. Yochanan rivlin, a professor at Haifa University, is a man of boundless and often naïve curiosity.

As they probe the causes of the bloody Algerian civil war, Rivlin also becomes obsessed with his son’s failed marriage. An israeli professor and an arab student join forces in a witty novel that “tells a simple story about a region that complicates all it touches” The New Yorker. Frequent arguments aside, they are a well-adjusted couple with two grown sons.

The Liberated Bride: A Novel - His wife, hagit, a district judge, is tolerant of almost everything but her husband’s faults and prevarications. When one of rivlin’s students—a young arab bride from a village in the Galilee—is assigned to help with his research in recent Algerian history, a two-pronged mystery develops. Rivlin’s search leads to a number of improbable escapades.





The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight: A Novel

Mariner Books - That has echoes of jonathan safran foer’s everything Is Illuminated, Gary Shteyngart’s laugh-out-loud Absurdistan and Olga Grushin’s more romantic The Dream Life of Sukhanov. The observer UK. In a crumbling apartment building in post-Soviet Russia, there’s a ghost who won’t keep quiet. When the museum’s director hears of a mysterious American group seeking to fund art in Russia, it looks like she might get her chance at a better life, if she can only convince them of the collection’s worth.

A crazy adventure of the imagination .  .  . Mircha fell from the roof and was never properly buried, so he sticks around to heckle the living: his wife, a disillusioned translator/censor for a military newspaper; Yuri, Azade; Olga, an army veteran who always wears an aviator’s helmet; and Tanya. This is a “delightful” novel by an author who has won two Oregon Book Awards and the Raymond Carver Prize, among other literary honors Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight: A Novel - Enlisting the help of azade, tanya scrambles to save her dreams and her neighbors, Olga, and even Mircha, and along the way discovers that love may have been waiting in her own courtyard all along. Tanya carries a notebook wherever she goes, a place which holds a fantastic and terrible collection of art knockoffs created using the tools at hand, recording her observations and her dreams of finding love and escaping her job at the All-Russia All-Cosmopolitan Museum, from foam to chewing gum, Popsicle sticks to tomato juice.

The tenants of a post-soviet slum face the absurdity of Russian life in this Flannery O’Connor Award–winning debut novel “of startling redemptive beauty” TheNew York Times Book Review.