Watching a rented video, Tertuliano Maximo Afonso is shocked to notice that one of the actors is identical to him in every physical detail. He embarks on a secret quest to find his double and sets in motion a train of events that he cannot control. Saramago's novel explores the nature of individuality and examines the fear and insecurity that arise when our singularity comes under threat, when even a wife cannot tell the original from the imposter...
Quite unlike anything else
A Borgesian fable with a marvellous flavour all its own
A comic and profound exploration of the self... A uniquely seductive writer
The Double is Saramago at his most practised and polished. It is philosophy and thriller rolled into one
Indebted to Borges and with a nod to Auster, he manages to surpass both with the audacity and sheer erudition of his prose