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Saramago, Jose (Translated by Margaret Jull Costa) . SMALL MEMORIES: A MEMOIR. New York City, NY: Houghton And Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 165 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's memoir, published posthumously. One of Jose Saramago's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jose Saramago's "As Pequenas Memorias" in a felicitous English translation. Saramago added a Coda of Portraits, vintage photographs from his private archives, with tenderly ironic contemporary Captions. "One of the most sheerly beautiful writing in any mode or genre. In common with other writers who take backward glances at life, Saramago remembers being raised amid idiosyncratic relatives and neighbors who, if not directly supplying fodder for future writing, gave Saramago an early sensitivity to the fact that the best drama is about ordinary folk. What makes the book so distinctive and charming is that Saramago admits that certain of his memories have a fuzzy provenance. Did he actually experience this or that event or just hear about them later? He simply lets the narrative roll along in verbal splendor and poignant intimacy, making the question of truth-rooted accuracy a moot point" (Brad Hooper). "Arguably the greatest writer of our time. He throws a dazzling flash of lightning on his subjects" (The Chicago Tribune). Saramago was an anomaly who came out of nowhere, seemingly born a genius. Every single page of every single book he has ever written makes the reader feel that he or she is in the hands of an unsurpassable Master. A "must-have" title for Jose Saramago completists. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Most copies available online are remainder-marked or have major flaws. A scarce copy thus. Regarded by Harold Bloom as one of the two greatest novelists of our time (the other being Philip Roth), Jose Saramago will be read as probably the greatest European novelist of the last fifty years. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOSE SARAMAGO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0151015082. $100.00

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