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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  10,072 ratings  ·  746 reviews
"As soon as you cross the threshold, you notice the smell of old paper." The Central Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths is the setting for All the Names, Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese author José Saramago's seventh novel to be translated into English. The names in question are those of every man, woman, and child ever born, married, or buried in the unnamed city whe ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Harvill Panther (first published 1997)
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Forward: I'm sorry José! You didn't need to give up the will to live just because I didn't like your writing style. Lots of people did like you. More people liked you than like me. Really! You shouldn't have cared so much about what I thought. Now I feel like an asshole for killing you. Fine. I guess I can live with that, but it was a real douche bag move, dying the week I write a bad review about you just to add to my excessive guilt complexes. You know what, I'm sorry that your dead and all, b ...more
Petra X
Generally when I write a review, I do it straight off and don't edit much. I start off with the idea of what I want to say about the book and it flows from there. But if I review this book it is going to take some thinking.

Firstly it was by accident I read Death with Interruptions first and then this one. That was fortuitious, as the other way round would have spoiled the 'joke' of Death's filing cabinet. The two books not only hang together, fit like pieces of a jigsaw, they are immensely reve
mai ahmd
في هذه الرواية يواصل الكاتب رحلة البحث عن الذات كان هناك شبيها في الآخر مثلي وهنا رحلة البحث تأتي من خلال إمرأة مجهولة سقطت بطاقتها بين يدي موظف المحفوظات العامة في سجل الإحصاءات ليبدأ بذلك البحث عن المرأة التي أطلق عليها في الرواية بالمجهولة إمرأة لا يعرف عنها شيئا ولا هي تعرفه , دون جوزيه موظف ذو سمعة ممتازة لم يرتكب خلال الأعوام الطويلة التي قضاها في عمله أي مخالفة غير أن ذلك يتغير حين بدأ رحلته في البحث عن المرأة فيرتكب العديد من الحماقات
التي تثير الضحك ، الشخصية في غاية الطرافة لغرابة التصر
simply gorgeous. a story of timidity and how a tiny seed of imagination and curiosity can transform a person and his life.

i adore this one because there's no "love interest" and because of saramago's unbelievable ability to effortlessly pop breathtaking statements about humanity at the ends of long paragraphs. they seem like afterthoughts because of the way they're placed and articulated, but if everyone had a single thought like these in his or her lifetime, the world would be just fine.

من أسوء الروايات الى قرأتها فى حياتي وأسوء رواية لسارماجو من وجهة نظري..

مع احترامي لجميع اراء اصدقائي, لأنى عارف انى الوحيد تقريبا اللى فى مصر والعالم مقييمها نجمة..
الرواية سيئة مملة ماشي ممكن فلسفية لكن ممكن تكون احسن من كدا بكتير ماهى العمى يعنى بردو مش مجرد قصة عن ناس اتصابوا بالعمي لأ بردو فلسفية لكن مش كدا..

الملل المرة ده اوفر الصراحة , مش كفاية مستحملين اسلوبه الصعب ان الكلام الشخصيات داخل على بعضه مش عارفين مين بيكلم مين, ومستحملين شوية ملل, لكن ملل لدرجة انه يقع
"You know the name you were given, you do not know the name that you have," reads the epigraph of All the Names, a gorgeously written and captivating allegorical tale of identity penned by the illustrious José Saramago, which concerns the seemingly mundane life of Senhor José, a lowly registry clerk in an unidentified metropolis, whose tedious and impersonal existence suddenly becomes full of intrigue and zeal when he finds himself compelled to, contrary to both bureaucratic regulation and esta ...more
All The Names is the third book I have read by Jose Saramago. Blindness and Seeing left strong lasting impressions on me, and I expected this novel to do the same.

Except I found myself having to take numerous breaks from this one. While Saramago starts out with an interesting subject on which to base his book,(A clerk at the Central Registry comes across a card for an unknown woman, and becomes obsessed with hunting her down and collecting as much information as he can about her), It would have
João Fernandes
"O acaso não escolhe, propõe."

Um dos mais importantes factores nas narrativas de Saramago é o destino, o que é surpreendente para um ateu céptico como o Nobel português. O destino de Saramago não é o determinismo que manda nas vidas de todos os homens, mas o simples acaso – uma série de coincidências, que guia a vida a um momento de escolha, em que qualquer um pode seguir dois rumos, e é portanto livre.

Vemos este acaso, um “fio de Ariadne” ao que orienta alguém ao cruzamento que poderá mudar a
أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
ساراماغو البديع
سؤال الحياة و الموت .... سؤال الصدفة .... و جواب بيانات الدولة
سَفَر طويل مع دون جوزيه و مناجاته للسقف و غرابته التي قد تكون المنطقَ الوحيد , و غواية الصدفة التي تمنح المعنى لحياة مملّة , و ماكينة الدولة التي تختزل حكايات الحياة ليس بأرقام ... و إنّما بأسماء !
و ساراماغو المبدع لم يتخلّ عن عادته في التخفيف من الأسماء في رواياته , حتى في الكتاب الذي يدور أصلاً حول الأسماء ..... وحده دون جوزيه المحاط بعالم الأسماء و المفتون بالمشاهير و امرأة البطاقة الخامسة , هو من له اسم ....
ليست م
بثينة العيسى
السرد المتقن، المنحوت، المسبوك؛ حيث كل كلمة في مكانها الصحيح، أن يبدو اللا منطقي منطقيا. أن نرى الإنسان المتناقض كما هو، يتبع جنونه الشخصي دون أن يفهم السبب. عمل عظيم.
دون جوزيه أحد الكتبة في إدارة المحفوظات العامة (إدارة معنية بتسجيل المواليد والوفيات) ويقيم فيها. ليس في داخلها بالضبط وإنما في مسكن بسيط في الخارج نجا من أعمال التنظيم العمراني حين قررت السلطات المختصة الحفاظ على هذا البيت كوثيقة معمارية لمرحلة تاريخية معينة. وللبيت بابان الباب العادي المطل على الشارع وباب إضافي مغلق يتصل بمبنى المحفوظات العامة مباشرة و "محظور استخدامه". لندخل الآن إلى عالم بطل الرواية "دون جوزيه" الذي عاش 50 عاما من حياته بلا زوجة أو أولاد ولا شبهة حول نزاهته كموظف في المحفوظا ...more
كلُّ الأسماء روايةٌ ليس بها أي اسم سوى اسم الشخصية البطل : دون جوزيه ، لعل الأسم سخرية ساراماغو من نفسه بطريقة أو بأخُرى . لا أدري إن كانت الرواية بحثاً عن الذات أو وصفاً للحياة أو محاولةٌ لإماتةِ الموت ، ما أنا متأكد منه هو أن العمل كان عبارة عن تيه - كما الوجود .

كعادةِ ساراماغو ، عمل محبوك إن من ناحية السرد المشوب بالسخريةِ أو الشخصيات خاصةً دون جوزيه أو ما هو أجمل : الحوارات . عملٌ بديعٌ يضاهي عملَ ساراماغو الأشهر : العمى .

ربما أرادَ ساراماغو قول أنَّ اللامنطق هو منطق الوجود - الوجود الذي ه
This book is just beautiful, lyrical and beautiful. I had to read this book for a class. I'm not so sure I would have picked it up on my own, but it was one of those all time amazing reads. The kind of read that I want with every book, but so rarely get. It had resonance.

The prose was soft and inviting, even though the story itself revolved so heavily around a bleak, despairing center. You just got wrapped up in the story and the imagery was so spatial that it basically felt like I had walked i
Leo Robertson
Some nice passages, but otherwise wayyy too slow for how little was happening.

Exactly the kind of book your pretentious friend would recommend that you read, because they know that as short as it is, it's still an endurance test, and your pain with it is nothing but proof that they have intellect and endurance beyond yours, which is the point in recommending it, Oh is it, I think so, But isn't it pretty, Sometimes, Don't you think his writing style is cool, Definitely, and I would furthermore ad
O Sr. José é um funcionário da Conservatória Geral do Registo Civil. Os seus dias escoam-se entre os papéis, onde estão registados todos os nomes dos seres que um dia nasceram; dos que estão vivos e dos que estão mortos. Nas suas noites dedica-se, secretamente, a fazer uma colecção muito peculiar: as vidas de gente famosa das quais guarda recortes de jornais e revistas. Um dia, o destino ou o acaso, leva-o a encontrar o registo de nascimento de uma desconhecida, e vai envolver-se, obsessivamente ...more
Todos os Nomes é a história de como o Sr. José, um auxiliar de escrita da Conservatória Geral do Registo Civil, começa a investigar uma mulher. Esta investigação tem início quando a ficha da mulher, contendo apenas um registo de casamento e outro de divórcio. Impelido por uma curiosidade obsessiva, o Sr. José faz de tudo para chegar ao seu objectivo, mesmo que para tal tenha de forjar documentos e até assaltar um colégio. Será que este simples funcionário da Conservatória conseguirá atingir aque ...more
حسين العُمري
المجهول ذلك الذي نبحث عنه بشكل محموم دون أن ندري لماذا وإلى أين ، الموت والحياة المتجاوران سواء في متاهات الدوائر الحكومية أو على بين سطح الأرض وباطنها ،، دون جوزيه الإسم الوحيد بين شخصيات الرواية يعيش في وسط يعج بالأسماء المجردة لكنه حين بحث عن أحدها اكتشف أن الأسماء تخفي بين حروفها الكثير ،، هو شخصياً لم يتعرف على نفسه كثيراً وترك نفسه لتعقيدات وحوارات داخلية كثيرة أبدعها ساراماغو بفلسفة وسخرية وتنوع مثير ،، انتهت الرواية ولم ينته البحث عن المجهول وبقيت جميع المتناقضات متجاورة ،، رواية بديعة
ابتسام المقرن

رواية رائعة يطل فيها ساراماغو بأسلوبه المعتاد الحوار المتداخل، والحديث مع النفس يأتي بطريقة مبهرة تجبرك على التأمل ، وكما في رواية العمى تغيب أسماء الأبطال ماعدا بطل الرواية هذه الذي يشبه اسمه الكاتب دون جوزيه! لماذا هذا التشابه؟ ولماذا تغيب الأسماء في رواية معنونة بكل الأسماء؟ لأن الأسماء غير مهمة، ما يهم هو البحث عن الذات التي حاول البطل إيجادها بطريقة غريبة ولكنه لم يفلح ربما!

وهذه مراجعة كتبتها قبل قليل حول رواية كل الأسماء
Cuốn thứ 3 của José Saramago mà tôi đọc và cũng như 2 cuốn đầu, tôi không ngần ngại rate nó 5 sao, ông vẫn chưa hết làm tôi kinh ngạc bởi những ý tưởng cũng như sự thông thái của mình. Đáng tiếc, ở VN chỉ dịch có 3 cuốn của ông, và để được đắm chìm và nghiêng mình trước thế giới của ông một lần nữa, chỉ còn cách đọc bản tiếng Anh.
A qualidade da escrita e das produções de José Saramago é iniludível e enormíssima. Não há com que nos enganarmos. Nisto o público literário português tem de estar deontologicamente em consonância!

«Só porque vivemos absortos é que não reparamos que o que nos vai acontecendo deixa intacto, em cada momento, o que nos pode acontecer»

Creio que Todos os Nomes não seja a mais distinta obra do espólio do autor, mas os laços empáticos e afectivos que tecemos com os livros, por vezes, são maiores que
Portia Renee Robillard
Yesterday, June 18, 2010, the world suffered a great loss in the death of Jose Saramago. He was one of the truly great humans to grace this rock we call home. His writing is filled with thoughtfulness, sympathy, lyricism, cynicism, and curiosity, as it seems his life was as well. His stories are absorbing, not just for the stories they are, but how they transport the attentive reader beyond their own physical space into a clandestine world.

Last night I finished reading All the Names. As is comm
كل الأسماء

تحدثت في الأسبوع الماضي عن ساراماغو وعن روايته (العمى)، تلك التجربة الجميلة التي شجعتني على تكرارها مع الرواية الوحيدة المتبقية له في ذخيرتي (كل الأسماء)، لا يشي هذا العنوان بشيء، فلذا كان علي أن أتجاوزه وأغوص في نهر ساراماغو المتدفق.

هذا هو ساراماغو، السرد المتعدد الأصوات، جرعة السخرية والتي زادت كثيرا ً، والرسم المذهل للشخصية الأساسية (دون جوزيه) – هل هي سخرية من الذات؟ حيث يتطابق اسم البطل مع اسم المؤلف، كما أننا سنلاحظ أنه ليس في الرواية أية أسماء أخرى، وإنما يشار للآخرين بصفاتهم أو
Beatrice Santos
Este senhor escreve um livro intitulado "Todos os Nomes" e em quase 300 páginas só menciona um nome, que é o do protagonista. Protagonista esse que trabalha num sítio rodeado de nomes e identidades de pessoas alheias.
Se este senhor não merece a alcunha de "Mestre da Ironia" não sei quem mereça.
José, auxiliar de escrita da Conservatória do Registo Civil, tem por hábito colecionar artigos de revistas de pessoas famosas. Para completar esta coleção decide usar o seu estatuto de auxiliar de escrita e procurar pelo registo dessas pessoas famosas. Numa ida à Conservatória, em segredo, traz por engano o verbete de uma mulher desconhecida. Perante tal, José fica obstinado por encontrar esta mulher.

A classificação está entre o 3 e o 4, talvez um 3,5... porque comparado com outros livros do aut
Allen B. Lloyd
The cadence and rhythm of Saramago's prose supplants traditional punctuation, and easily sweeps the reader into his Kafkaesque fado of institutionalized loneliness and isolation. This complex, at times darkly humorous novel, follows forlorn everyman Senhor Jose as he journeys through a series of labyrinths--crumbling bureaucracies, necropolises, psychic desolation-- searching for human contact, compassion, and love. By the novel's end Senhor Jose, tethered by a tenuous, metaphorical algorithm (t ...more
This is he third Saramago book I have read, and coincidentally the best so far (perhaps partly because I have become accustomed to his exotic use of punctuation and unique style.) It tackles so many themes and genres that it is really very hard to describe, it's Kafkaesque to a degree, focuses on loneliness and its similarity in a way to death, the fragility and short time we have on earth, the idea of identity, the possibility of love, how well we know ourselves and those around us, curiosity, ...more
Jun 05, 2007 Kelly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: determined people
The novel depicts a man being borne down by his life and everything around him. By more and more paper all around him. I felt the same way reading it.

I couldn't get through it. I tried. Good gods, I tried. I knew there was a lot going on, and I was seeing the craft at work... I /knew/ it was going somewhere.. but I just couldn't finish it. I've tried four times now. It is still on my bookshelf with a bookmark somewhere in the last seventy pages or so. It is /so/ depressing, /so/ heavy, and it s
Ahmed Faid
و لكن قبل أن أخبرك بذلك, عليك أن تقسم لي بوقار بأنك لن تكشف السر لأحد
أقسم لك بأقدس ما لدى في الحياة.
و ما هو أقدس ما لديك في الحياة,
لست أدري, كل شئ, أو لا شئ
The anxiety, confusion, and madness the reader experiences on behalf of the main character Senhor Jose is reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe.
This is truly one of the most interesting and unique storylines that I have read to date. As a result, I did not want the story to end, and when it did, I had to reread the last page several times and ask myself: "did that really just happen?"
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José de Sousa Saramago (pronounced [ʒuˈzɛ sɐɾɐˈmagu]) was a Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, playwright and journalist. He was a member of the Portuguese Communist Party.
His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor rather than the officially sanctioned story. Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize fo
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“Don't be afraid, the darkness you're in is no greater than the darkness inside your own body, they are two darknesses separated by a skin, I bet you've never thought of that, you carry a darkness about with you all the time and that doesn't frighten dear chap, you have to learn to live with the darkness outside just as you learned to live with the darkness inside” 85 likes
“There are people like Senhor José everywhere, who fill their time, or what they believe to be their spare time, by collecting stamps, coins, medals, vases, postcards, matchboxes, books, clocks, sport shirts, autographs, stones, clay figurines, empty beverage cans, little angels, cacti, opera programmes, lighters, pens, owls, music boxes, bottles, bonsai trees, paintings, mugs, pipes, glass obelisks, ceramic ducks, old toys, carnival masks, and they probably do so out of something that we might call metaphysical angst, perhaps because they cannot bear the idea of chaos being the one ruler of the universe, which is why, using their limited powers and with no divine help, they attempt to impose some order on the world, and for a short while they manage it, but only as long as they are there to defend their collection, because when the day comes when it must be dispersed, and that day always comes, either with their death or when the collector grows weary, everything goes back to its beginnings, everything returns to chaos.” 30 likes
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