The notebook

by José Saramago

Paper Book, 2010




London ; New York : Verso, 2010.


Thought-provoking and lyrical, The Notebook records the last year in the life of José Saramago. In these pages, beginning on the eve of the 2008 US presidential election, he evokes life in his beloved city of Lisbon, revisits conversations with friends, and meditates on his favorite authors. Precise observations and moments of arresting significance are rendered with pointillist detail and together demonstrate an acute understanding of our times. Characteristically critical and uncompromising, Saramago dissects the financial crisis, deplores Israel's punishment of Gaza, and reflects on the rise of Barack Obama. The Notebook is a unique journey into the personal and political world of one of the greatest writers of our time.

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LibraryThing member franoscar
OK, fine. This is a series of blog posts but they are posts without links and without responses. There is a lot about literature, and about politics, particularly Palestine. Some about religion.
LibraryThing member JMC400m
An inside look into the mind of Jose Saramago, a winner of the Nobel prize for literature in 1998. This is a collection of notes, that I believe are blog entries, about a variety of subjects, the most popular being politics and thoughts about his other creative contemporaries. There are some interesting references to Portuguese writers and artists which I found interesting as I have not had much exposure to them. One of his favorite topics in the book is the Palestinian situation and the lack of truth and biases that exist in favor of the Israelis. He has much disdain for the political elite and gives much criticism of such leaders as Berlusconi and Bush. Saramago comes across as truthful and candid in his opinions which makes this book an interesting and thought-provoking read.… (more)
LibraryThing member lrcaborn
Many great introductions to artists of whom I shamefully admit ignorance. Points for me to remember:


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