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Saramago, Jose (Translated by Margaret Jull Costa) . RAISED FROM THE GROUND: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Houghton And Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 365 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fourteenth novel to be translated into English, published posthumously. Jose Saramago's breakthrough novel, it immediately precedes "Baltasar And Blimunda" (1982), and is now finally available in translation thirty-two years later. The first appearance of the title in English and 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 "Levantado do Chao", his most autobiographical (and stylistically, most realistic) novel, in a felicitous English translation. "A multigenerational family saga that paints a sweeping portrait of twentieth-century Portugal. Saramago's most deeply personal novel" (Publisher's blurb). "Saramago will be a permanent part of the Western canon. In all of his wonderful meditations upon the ruefulness of life, there is always a spirit of laughter beckoning us in the art of somehow going on. His achievement is one of the enlargements of life" (Harold Bloom). That is to say, more than any other great European writer of our time, he makes us laugh at his pain, and in this book, the pain is depicted in all its rawness and without sentimentality. "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 collectors. 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 015101325X. $50.00

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