• 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

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