• Marvellous, seriously witty, erotic and edgily surreal

    Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Sunday Times
  • Saramago is one of Europe's most original and remarkable writers...his writing is imbued with the spirit of comic enquiry, meditative pessimism and a quietly transforming energy that turns the indefinite into the unforgettable

    Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times
  • This cryptic, ingenious never dull or humourless... No candidate for [the Nobel Prize] has a better claim to lasting recognition than this novelist who was born in 1922 but was in his mid-50s before he started to publish the fiction that has won him an international reputation

    Edmund White, New York Times
  • A book filled with lyrical and intellectual rewards

    Bill Marx, Boston Globe
  • This hypnotic tale is a great comic romp through history, language and the imagination

    Publishers Weekly

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