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 routine. But one day, when he comes across the records of an anonymous young woman, something happens to him. Obsessed, Senhor José sets off to follow the thread that may lead him to the woman-but as he gets closer, he discovers more about her, and about himself, than he would ever have wished.
The loneliness of people's lives, the effects of chance, the discovery of love-all coalesce in this extraordinary novel that displays the power and art of José Saramago in brilliant form.
About the Author
JOSÉ SARAMAGO (1922–2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasar and Blimunda, and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
MARGARET JULL COSTA has established herself as the premier translator of Portuguese literature into English today.
"A psychological, even metaphysical thriller that will keep you turning the pages in spite of yourself, and with growing alarm and alacrity."-The Seattle Times "A novel that reminds readers how much loneliness can be like death. . . . Saramago is one of the best." -Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times "Within the first few pages, Saramago establishes a tension that sings on the page, rises, produces stunning revelations and culminates when the final paragraph twists expectations once again."-Publishers Weekly (starred) "From the beginning, Saramago is in perfect control of the narrative, and the result is a tour de force."-Denver Post PRAISE FOR BLINDNESS "Blindness is a shattering work by a literary master." -The Boston Globe "This is an important book, one that is unafraid to face all the horrors of the century."-The Washington Post "Extraordinarily nuanced and evocative . . . This year's most propulsive, and profound, thriller."-The Village Voice