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The Elephant's Journey

by Jose Saramago & Margaret Jull Costa

The tale of an elephant named Solomon who travels through sixteenth century Europe, from Lisbon to Vienna.


Orphans of Eldorado

by Milton Hatoum

Arminto Cordovil has inherited a fortune, and with it control of his father's shipping empire. But when a freighter, The Eldorado, crashes in the lower reaches of the Amazon, its shipwrecked hull seems tied...


The Alchemist - 10th Anniversary Edition

by Amy Jurskis & Paulo Coelho

"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And...


Death with Interruptions

by Jose Saramago & Margaret Jull Costa

Nobel Prize-winner Jose Saramago's brilliant new novel poses the question -- what happens when the grim reaper decides there will be no more death? On the first day of the new year, no one dies. This of course causes...


The Devil and Miss Prym

by Paulo Coelho

A stranger arrives at the remote village of Viscos, carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven gold bars. He comes searching for the answer to a question that torments him: Are human beings,...


What Can I Do When Everything's On Fire?: A Novel

by António Lobo Antunes & Gregory Rabassa

A soaring, symphonic epic by the Portuguese master novelist, considered to be the "heir to Conrad and Faulkner" (George Steiner). The razor-thin line between reality and madness is transgressed in this Faulknerian...


The Book of Chameleons: A Novel

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2007

by Jose Eduardo Agualusa & Daniel Hahn

Félix Ventura trades in an unusual commodity; he is a dealer in memories, clandestinely selling new pasts to people whose futures are secure and who lack only a good lineage to complete their lives. In this...


City of God: A Novel

by Paulo Lins & Alison Entrekin

The searing novel on which the internationally acclaimed hit film was based, City of God is a gritty, gorgeous tour de force from one of Brazil’s most notorious slums. Cidade de Deus: a place where the streets...


Seeing

by Jose Saramago & Margaret Jull Costa

On election day in the capital, it is raining so hard that no one has bothered to come out to vote. The politicians are growing jittery. Should they reschedule the elections for another day? Around three o’clock,...


The Double

by Jose Saramago & Margaret Jull Costa

José Saramago’s critically acclaimed novel and the inspiration for the major motion picture "Enemy" starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Denis Villeneuve.


The Cave

by Jose Saramago & Margaret Jull Costa

Cipriano Algor, an elderly potter, lives with his daughter Marta and her husband Marçal in a small village on the outskirts of The Center, an imposing complex of shops, apartments, and offices to which Cipriano...


The Brothers

by Milton Hatoum & John Gledson

Introducing a major new voice in Brazilian letters.

Set among a Lebanese immigrant community in the Brazilian port of Manaus, The Brothers is the story of identical twins, Yaqub and Omar, whose mutual jealousy...


All the Names

by Jose Saramago & Margaret Jull Costa

Senhor José is a low-grade clerk in the city's Central Registry, where the living and the dead share the same shelf space. A middle-aged bachelor, he has no interest in anything beyond the certificates of birth,...


The Tale of the Unknown Island

by Jose Saramago

A man went to knock at the king's door and said, Give me a boat. The king's house had many other doors, but this was the door for petitions. Since the king spent all his time sitting at the door for favors (favors...


The History of the Siege of Lisbon

by Jose Saramago

In this “ingenious” novel (New York Times) by “one of Europe’s most original and remarkable writers” (Los Angeles Times), a proofreader’s deliberate slip opens the door to romance-and confounds the...


Blindness

by Jose Saramago

A stunningly powerful novel of man's will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.


The Stone Raft

by Jose Saramago

When the Iberian Peninsula breaks free of Europe and begins to drift across the North Atlantic, five people are drawn together on the newly formed island-first by surreal events and then by love. “A splendidly...


The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 1993

by Jose Saramago

The year: 1936. Europe dances while an invidious dictator establishes himself in Portugal. The city: Lisbon-gray, colorless, chimerical. Ricardo Reis, a doctor and poet, has just come home after sixteen years...