Raised from the Ground

Raised from the Ground

By Jose Saramago; Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)

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

Publication Date: December 4, 2012

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.

About the Author
JOSE SARAMAGO (1922 2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasarand Blimunda, and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Javier Marias is an award-winning Spanish novelist. He is also a translator and columnist, as well as the current king of Redonda. He was born in Madrid in 1951 and published his first novel at the age of nineteen. He has held academic posts in Spain, the US (he was a visiting professor at Wellesley College) and Britain, as a lecturer in Spanish Literature at Oxford University. He has been translated into 34 languages, and more than six million copies of his books have been sold worldwide. In 1997 he won the Nelly Sachs Award; the Comunidad de Madrid award in 1998; in 2000 the Grinzane Cavour Award, the Alberto Moravia Prize, and the Dublin IMPAC Award. He also won the Spanish National Translation Award in 1979 for his translation of Tristram Shandy in 1979. He was a professor at Oxford University and the Complutense of Madrid. He currently lives in Madrid.

Praise For Raised from the Ground

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