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History of the Siege of Lisbon (1989) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Raimundo Silva, a proofreader at a Portuguese publishing house, takes it upon himself to alter a key word in a text to make it read that in 1147 the king of Portugal reconquered Lisbon from the Saracens without any assistance from the Crusaders. His revision of a signal episode in Portuguese history unexpectedly and inexplicably wins the heart of his supervisor, Maria Sara, a woman of unwavering conviction. Rather than fire him as she ought to, Maria encourages Raimundo to rewrite the history of the siege of Lisbon in the grand style of a historical romance. Around this seemingly minor episode Jose Saramago constructs a broad, multifaceted tableau involving meditations on historiography and the uses and abuses of language, a parable of life under authoritarian rule, and a bittersweet romance.

Original title: Historia de Cerco de Lisboa
Original languages: Portuguese


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: History of the Siege of Lisbon

History of the Siege of Lisbon (1996)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Giovanni Pontiero
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Manifested in:

History of the Siege of Lisbon (September 1, 1998)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Harvest Books
ISBN: 9780156006248
Dimensions: 5.4 x 8 x 0.8
Pages: 324

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