The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis

The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis

Book - 1992
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The year: 1936. Europe dances while an invidious dictator establishes himself in Portugal. The city: Lisbon-gray, colorless, chimerical. Ricardo Reis, a doctor and poet, has just come home after sixteen years in Brazil. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero.
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace & Co., 1992, c1991.
Edition: First Harvest edition
ISBN: 9780156996938
Branch Call Number: SARAMAGO
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 21 cm.


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Jun 22, 2016

A poet returns to Salazar-era Portugual from Brazil, wanders the rainy streets, talks to a dead poet, falls in love with one woman and has an affair with another. On the surface this doesn't sound like much but in the hands of a great writer like Saramago it turns into a fascinating meditation on life.

bradleydargan4life Apr 14, 2011

as an extensive reader of all things psychological and classic fiction, i can say with conviction that this is one of my favorite novels ever written. anyone who takes the time to experience this will have it change her/his perception of the world.


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