Raised from the Ground

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Raised from the Ground

By Jose Saramago; Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Hardcover, 9780151013258, 384pp.

Publication Date: December 4, 2012

Description
A multigenerational family saga that paints a sweeping portrait of twentieth-century Portugal
First published in 1980, the City of Lisbon Prize winning "Raised from the Ground" follows the changing fortunes of the Mau Tempo family poor landless peasants not unlike Saramago's own grandparents. Set in Alentejo, a southern province of Portugal known for its vast agricultural estates, the novel charts the lives of the Mau Tempos as national and international events rumble on in the background the coming of the republic in Portugual, the two World Wars, and an attempt on the dictator Salazar's life. Yet nothing really impinges on the grim reality of the farm laborers lives until the first communist stirrings.
Finally available in English, "Raised from the Ground" is Saramago's most deeply personal novel, the book in which he found the signature style and voice that distinguishes all of his brilliant work.



Praise For Raised from the Ground

"Offers insights into the renowned author and his native land." -Kirkus

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