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The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

A retelling of the Gospel following the life of Christ from his conception to his crucifixion. A naive Jesus is the son not of God, but of Joseph. In the desert it is not Satan, but God that Christ tussles with, an autocrat with whom he has an unbalanced and unsettled relationship.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR José
Saramago

Author of more than 40 titles, José Saramago was born in 1922, in the village of Azinhaga. The nights spent in the public library of the Palácio Galveias, in Lisbon, were fundamental for its formation. “And it was there, without help or advice, only guided by curiosity and the desire to learn, that my taste for reading developed and refined.”
In 1947 he published his first book, entitled A Viúva, but which, for editorial reasons, came out with the title of Terra do Pecado. Six years later, in 1953, the novel Claraboia, published only after his death, would end.
In the late 1950s, he became responsible for production at Editorial Estúdios Cor, a role he would combine with that of translator, from 1955, and literary critic.
He returns to writing in 1966 with Os Poemas Possíveis.
In 1971 he took up editorial duties at Diário de Lisboa and in April 1975 he was appointed deputy director of Diário de Notícias.
At the beginning of 1976 he moved to Lavre to document his project of writing about landless peasants. Thus was born the novel Levantado do Chão and the way of narrating that characterizes his novelesque fiction.

José Saramago received the Camões Prize in 1995 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998 (from www.josesaramago.org)

Author of more than 40 titles, José Saramago was born in 1922, in the village of Azinhaga. The nights spent in the public library of the Palácio Galveias, in Lisbon, were fundamental for its formation. “And it was there, without help or advice, only guided by curiosity and the desire to learn, that my taste for reading developed and refined.”
In 1947 he published his first book, entitled A Viúva, but which, for editorial reasons, came out with the title of Terra do Pecado. Six years later, in 1953, the novel Claraboia, published only after his death, would end.
In the late 1950s, he became responsible for production at Editorial Estúdios Cor, a role he would combine with that of translator, from 1955, and literary critic.
He returns to writing in 1966 with Os Poemas Possíveis.
In 1971 he took up editorial duties at Diário de Lisboa and in April 1975 he was appointed deputy director of Diário de Notícias.
At the beginning of 1976 he moved to Lavre to document his project of writing about landless peasants. Thus was born the novel Levantado do Chão and the way of narrating that characterizes his novelesque fiction.

José Saramago received the Camões Prize in 1995 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998 (from www.josesaramago.org)

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Giovanni
Pontiero

Giovanni Pontiero (10 February 1932 – 10 February 1996) was a Scots-Italian scholar and translator of Portuguese fiction. Most notably, he translated the works of José Saramago and Clarice Lispector, two celebrated names in Portuguese-language literature.

Giovanni Pontiero (10 February 1932 – 10 February 1996) was a Scots-Italian scholar and translator of Portuguese fiction. Most notably, he translated the works of José Saramago and Clarice Lispector, two celebrated names in Portuguese-language literature.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
06/09/1993
Country
Portugal
Original Language
Portuguese
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Translator
Giovanni Pontiero

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