Manual of Painting and Calligraphy (Paperback)

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By Jose Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero (Translator)
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Manual of Painting and Calligraphy was Jos Saramago's first novel. Written eight years before the critically acclaimed Baltasar and Blimunda, it is a story of self-discovery set against the background of the last years of Salazar's dictatorship. A struggling young artist, commissioned to paint a portrait of an influential industrialist, learns in the process about himself and the world around him. The brilliant juxtaposition of a passionate love story and the crisis of a nation foreshadows all of Saramago's major works. A must-have for any devotee of the great Portuguese Nobel laureate, Manual of Painting and Calligraphy is now available in the United States.

Praise For…

"For a first novel, though, this work displays a masterly grasp of wordplay and other literary devices, and as the translator points out, it can also serve as a map to the political and social themes of Saramago’s future novels."
--Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780547640228
ISBN-10: 0547640226
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: May 1st, 2012
Pages: 256
Language: English