• "No portico, farmhouse or ancient church is left undisturbed in Saramago's readable, if labyrinthine, tale of travelling across his homeland in 1979"

    Samuel Muston, Independent
  • "None but a Portuguese could have written this book; none but Saramago could produce travel writing like this. It is a wholly appropriate tribute to that astonishing juncture where the sea ends and the land begins"

    Henry Sheen, New Statesman
  • "A book a search for his country's heartbeat... The writing is, as always with Saramago, dense: a labyrinth of meaning and innuendo. But what is clear is that he loves Portugal."

    Simon Blow, Independent on Sunday
  • "One feels privileged to be in his company... This book is a joy to pick up and a delight to read"

    Hugh O'Shaughnessy, Tablet