• In the craft of the sentence, José Saramago is one of the great originals... no one writes quite like Saramago, so solicitous and yet so magnificently free. He works as though cradling a thing of magic

  • Saramago has a light, graceful, ironic touch... the paraphernalia of magical realism

    John Banville
  • The author's eccentric voice is as engaging as ever... a fitting cap to a body of work as playful as it is wise

    Financial Times
  • With characteristic dry wit he proceeds to debunk the rosy romance of eternal life

    The Times
  • A compelling work by a fine writer ... the unique Saramagoan style ... gives the impression of a thought experiment to which the writer is merely a catalyst. That impression is a carefully crafted one: true art conceals its art, wrote Ovid

    New Statesman

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