• "A novel that has soul, which Saramago offers to his readers with all his witty, intelligent, tender and magical generosity"

    Samantha Harvey, Independent
  • "Offers an unearthly, muted beauty; a freedom from the obvious, the ideological and trivial; an atmosphere of profound serenity, and a benevolent humor"

    Literary Review
  • "Both delightful and unsettling which is perhaps the mark of true literature"

    Anthony Daniels, Sunday Telegraph
  • "A tantalizing novel...shifting and teasing, full of metaphorical labyrinths and false trails"

  • "It is the marriage of the living and the dying...that so strongly characterizes the writing of Jose Saramago"

    New Statesman