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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.
--starred review "Kirkus "
"A compassionate study of loyalty, love and the ways in which people face the forces trying to obliterate their spirit."
--Francine Prose "People Magazine "
"Another masterpiece from a remarkable writer who really may be, as many readers believe, the greatest living novelist."
What truly elevates-- is Saramago's style; this fantastically agile, irrepressibly funny, sympathetic, cerebral, and sometimes even corny voice."
--Christian Science Monitor
"The teensiest bit of plot is meaningfully, accessibly stretched into something enormous."
"An unassuming tour de force."
"Saramago says he is really an essayist who took to writing novels. This is true. But the novels are masterly."
"A densely textured, wonderfully resonant reworking of Plato's allegory."
--Time Out New York
"A gripping, beautifully written, utterly enchanting, archaically romantic, and, at times, devastating take on ordinary people struggling to survive."
"Arguably the greatest writer of our time. He throw[s] a dazzling flash of lightning on his subjects."
"Saramago's long fluid sentences, richly stocked with folk wisdom, lend his novels a rare quality of permanence."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Loving collaboration that insists on the value of independence and a firm belief that art can't be separated from life."
--New York Newsday
"[The Cave] is yet another triumph. . . Read it."--The Washington Post Book World
"As with Proust, to be drawn into a Saramago sentence is to be drawn into a world that takes shape out of a maze. . . His human voices wake us and we live."--The New York Times Book Review
"Saramago is arguably the greatest writer of our time . . .A genuinely brilliant novel."--Chicago Tribune
"One expects nothing less than another masterpiece from a remarkable writer."--The Boston Globe
"This is both a meditation on the heartlessness with which modern society absorbs the individual, and a compassionate study of loyalty, love, and the ways in which people face the forces trying obliterate their spirit."--Francine Prose, People
"An unassuming tour de force."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel