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All the Names

Saramago, José (Book - 2000)
All the Names
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Senhor José is a low-grade clerk in the city's Central Registry, where the living and the dead share the same shelf space. A middle-aged bachelor, he has no interest in anything beyond the certificates of birth, marriage, divorce, and death that are his daily preoccupations. In the evenings and on weekends, he works on bringing up to date his clipping file of the famous, the rising stars, the notorious. But when he comes across the birth certificate of an anonymous young woman, he decides that this cannot have been mere chance, that he has to discover more about her. Under the increasingly mystified eye of the Registrar, a godlike figure whose name is spoken only in whispers, the now obsessed Senhor José sets off to follow the thread that leads him to the unknown woman-but as he gets closer to a meeting with her, he discovers more about her, and about himself, than he would have wished. The loneliness of people's lives, the effects of chance and moments of recognition, the discovery of love, however tentative-once again José Saramago has written a timeless story.
Authors: Saramago, José
Uniform Title: Todos os nomes. English
Title: All the names
Publisher: New York : Harcourt, Inc., 2000
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 228 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jose Saramago ; translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa
ISBN: 0151004218
Branch Call Number: FICTION SARAMAGO
Other Language: Translated from the Portuguese
Subject Headings: Portuguese fiction 20th century Translations into English Vital statistics Fiction Recording and registration Fiction Registers of births, etc. Fiction Clerks Fiction
Topical Term: Portuguese fiction
Vital statistics
Recording and registration
Registers of births, etc
Clerks
LCCN: 00036949
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In this story about a clerk who spends his days filing certificates of birth, marriage, divorce, and death, Saramago explores the loneliness of people's lives, the effects of chance and moments of recognition, and the discovery of love, however tentative.


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