The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis

The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis

Book - 1991
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Baker & Taylor
Lisbon circa 1935 comes to life with lyrical intensity in the story of a doctor who forsakes medicine to recite poetry in the streets, the women in his life, and the ghost who occasionally accompanies him

Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1991
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780151997350
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 24 cm


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Jun 08, 2019

Beautifully written book about a doctor and his relationships in Lisbon, 1936, 16 years after his return from exile in Brazil. The events of Europe are built in the story smoothly. The characters are simple everyday persons. The atmosphere hints at the boiling future.

Jun 22, 2016

A poet returns to Salazar-era Portugual from Brazil, wanders the rainy streets, talks to a dead poet, falls in love with one woman and has an affair with another. On the surface this doesn't sound like much but in the hands of a great writer like Saramago it turns into a fascinating meditation on life.

bradleydargan4life Apr 14, 2011

as an extensive reader of all things psychological and classic fiction, i can say with conviction that this is one of my favorite novels ever written. anyone who takes the time to experience this will have it change her/his perception of the world.


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