José Saramago

José Saramago was a renowned Portuguese writer, known for his work as a novelist, playwright, and journalist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1998. His writing is often characterized by long sentences and a lack of traditional punctuation, which creates a unique and flowing narrative style. Saramago's novels often deal with fantastic scenarios, such as 'Blindness', where an entire population is struck by an epidemic of blindness, or 'The Gospel According to Jesus Christ', which reimagines the life of Jesus. His works have been praised for their depth, political engagement, and imaginative power.

Books

This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis

    The novel is a metaphysical narrative about a doctor named Ricardo Reis who returns to Lisbon, Portugal after learning about the death of his friend. He finds himself in a society on the brink of dictatorship, and as he navigates through his daily life, he encounters his deceased friend's ghost and a hotel maid with whom he begins a love affair. The book explores themes of identity, love, and the nature of reality, set against the backdrop of political turmoil.

  2. 2. Blindness

    In this dystopian novel, an unexplained epidemic of "white blindness" sweeps through an unnamed city, causing chaos and panic. The government responds by quarantining the afflicted in an abandoned mental hospital, where conditions quickly deteriorate into violence and squalor. Amid the despair, one woman mysteriously retains her sight and guides a small band of the blind, including her husband, through the harrowing ordeal. The novel explores themes of loss, human nature, and the fragility of civilization.

  3. 3. Baltasar and Blimunda

    "Baltasar and Blimunda" is a historical love story set in 18th century Portugal. The narrative follows a maimed soldier, Baltasar, and a young clairvoyant woman, Blimunda, as they navigate the hardships of life during the Inquisition. Their love story is intertwined with the construction of the Convent of Mafra, a grandiose project initiated by the King. The novel explores themes of love, faith, human resilience, and the struggle against political and religious oppression.

  4. 4. The History of the Siege of Lisbon

    This narrative revolves around a proofreader named Raimundo Silva, who, while working on a historical text about the Siege of Lisbon, decides to alter history by adding a single word to the text, turning the factual account into a fictional one. This act of rebellion leads him into a relationship with his boss, Maria Sara, and together they explore the consequences of questioning historical facts and narratives. The story also delves into the power of language and storytelling, and the blurred lines between history and fiction.

  5. 5. Cain

    The novel explores the biblical story of Cain and Abel from the perspective of Cain, after he murdered his brother. The author reimagines the Old Testament by having Cain time travel to key events and interact with biblical figures such as Noah and Abraham, challenging the traditional interpretations of morality, justice, and faith. Cain's journey reveals a critical view of God and the paradoxes of the human condition.

  6. 6. The Gospel According To Jesus Christ

    This novel offers a provocative and humanized retelling of the life of Jesus Christ, diverging from traditional biblical narratives. It presents a Jesus who is all too human, grappling with the complexities of life, love, and a sense of destiny. Through a blend of biblical lore and imaginative fiction, the story explores themes of divinity, free will, and morality, challenging readers to reconsider the foundations of faith and the nature of storytelling itself. The narrative delves into Jesus's relationships, his encounters with figures such as God and the Devil, and ultimately portrays a deeply philosophical and introspective version of a figure central to Western civilization.

  7. 7. The Stone Raft

    In this surreal exploration, the Iberian Peninsula breaks off from the rest of Europe and begins to drift across the Atlantic Ocean. As the governments and international community scramble to understand and respond to the phenomenon, five disparate individuals find themselves drawn together on a journey across the newly isolated landscape. Through their experiences and interactions, the narrative explores themes of identity, nationality, and the arbitrary nature of borders.