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Book review: 'The Elephant's Journey' by Jose Saramago
Book review: 'The Elephant's Journey' by Jose Saramago

The Elephant's JourneyA NovelJosé SaramagoTranslated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull CostaHoughton Mifflin Harcourt: 208 pp., $24Once upon a time — a time of civil war and spectacle, when Protestant fervor swept Europe and the Inquisition intimidated the faithful — an Indian elephant traveled on foot from Lisbon to Vienna. Four and a half centuries later, this arduous and unlikely trek inspired Portuguese Nobel laureate José Saramago to write his most optimistic, playful, humorous and magical book, a grace note written near the end of his life.Like Cervantes and Voltaire, Swift and Twain, Saramago, who died in June at 87, was adept at skewing reality for satiric purposes....

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