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Book review: 'The Notebook' by Jose Saramago

Book review: 'The Notebook' by Jose Saramago

Jose Saramago, the Portuguese novelist who died this past Friday at the age of 87, had a lot going for him and a lot going against him. In 1998, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature and called "the most gifted novelist alive in the world today" by critic Harold Bloom. He was also a long-time member of the Portuguese Communist Party. But more than anything, he should be remembered for those startling novels: "Baltasar and Blimunda," "Manual of Painting and Calligraphy," "The Stone Raft," "The Gospel According to Jesus Christ," "The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis." His 1999 novel "Blindness" was made into a...

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