Historia del cerco de ...
José Saramago
Rate this book
Clear rating

Historia del cerco de Lisboa

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  2,121 ratings  ·  171 reviews
A história da tomada de Lisboa aos mouros no ano de 1147 e a crônica de um inesperado encontro amoroso na Lisboa de hoje - duas narrativas, tecidas e entretecidas de maneira brilhante, que fazem deste livro uma densa e fascinante meditação sobre a natureza e as relações entre a ficção e a história, o vivido e o narrado. Um dos mestres da literatura portuguesa contemporânea...more
382 pages
Published (first published 1989)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Historia del cerco de Lisboa, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Historia del cerco de Lisboa

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Una storia d’amore reale, dei giorni nostri, che nasce e cresce parallela ad una seconda storia d’amore, questa ambientata nel passato, creata dalla fantasia del protagonista maschile della prima storia d’amore, l'amore tra il soldato Mogueime e la galiziana Ouroana, che si incontrano nel corso dell’assedio sotto le mura di Lisbona per liberare la città dai mori e restituirla al cattolico Afonso, primo re dei Portoghesi. Tre storie –le due d’amore e quella di guerra- che nascono tutte grazie ad...more
The book is over 300 pages long, contains about 75 paragraphs and only one period per paragraph. Typical of Saramago, and in my opinion, very entertaining. He begins with the story of a rather mediocre proofreader who gets annoyed with the over-confident author of a trade history book (hey, I had one of those on my dissertation committee! Just awful). So the proofreader deletes a "not" from a key passage. The dustjacket claims that this changes the course of history, but Saramago is not a Star T...more
While typing up my brief review of One-Hundred Years of Solitude, i was reminded of this book, one of my favorites of all time, because like Gabriel García Márquez's book, this was an awe-inspiring translation effort.

For 15 years i was an editor of reference books. It shouldn't be a surprise, then, that a professional proofreader protagonist/narrator immediately compelled me. The commas-only punctuation, chapter-long sentences, and other idiosyncracies were so unbelievably perfect for this story...more

إن كنت مستعداً لإصاخة السمع والبصر والتركيز ،، وكل حواسك المرئية وغير المرئية منها ،،

للجلوس أمام طفل يحفظ كل القصص وسيقولها لك كلها في قصة واحدة !

فأنت مهيأ لبداية قصة الحصار هذه ..!

لست أعني بالطفل ،، التقليل من شأن المؤلف ،، لكن فعلا

كسر الاحترام الذي أوليناه لقصصنا المهيبة ،، لن يقوم به إلا عقل متمرد ،، كـعقول الاطفال التي هي على أتم الاستعداد لتقول لك وقد تصدق ماقالته ،، بأن الامير لم يعثر على صاحبة الحذاء الجميل ولم ولن يحدث ماأنت موقن به ،،!

هذه النوعية من التمرد الفكري ،، هي بداية وقائع ه...more
História do Cerco de Portugal não era um livro de Saramago que contasse ler. Pelo menos, não para já. Mas como pretendo ler todos (ou quase todos) os livros que José Saramago escreveu e este livro era o único que ainda não tinha lido que estava disponível na livraria onde foi comprado, acabou por ser algo indiferente. Mas não estava com particular vontade de o ler, talvez pela sua temática, e a verdade é que agora penso que talvez não tenha sido a melhor das ideias.

Raimundo Silva é um revisor ti...more
Charles Nicholas Saenz
Sep 05, 2007 Charles Nicholas Saenz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the daring
Shelves: favorites
If at first a little tiring, this book certainly makes up for its somewhat unconventional style. As fiction, the story is engaging, but it's the places the text goes in the direction of challenging the orthodoxy of historical writing that is truly memorable. The sacredness of print, the linearity of time (to say nothing of the sentence), and even the value of proofreading (in more ways than one) are all thrown out the window. This is historical fiction at its best.
finaly i finished it,i left this novel several times, i hated it,i thought i will read ahistorical novel with so many suspense but it turned to be about proofreader named Raimundo Silva and his own life,so depressing life and a sad and lonely one soooo many psychological analysis not fun at all
it is my first novel to jose ...
the last scene was some how less boring.....
Ahmed Attef
هناك أناساً يستهويهم المظنون أكثر من المؤكد، وبقية الشئ أكثر من الشئ نفسه، والأثر على الرمال أكثر من الحيوان الذى تركه، هؤلاء هم الحالمون
ساراماجو يغوص فى أعماقنا بشدة
Donovan Richards
Before we begin, I must confess that José Saramago is one of my favorite authors. His creativity, social critiques, and pseudo-realism in works like Blindness, The Stone Raft, and All the Names leave spellbinding memories etched in my brain. With Saramago’s recent passing, I felt it necessary to finally read his Nobel Prize winning book, The History of the Siege of Lisbon.

Characteristic of Saramago’s work, The History of the Siege of Lisbon contains long flowing sentences with little punctuation...more
Una città sotto assedio è l'attrazione reciproca tra due persone solo apparentemente diverse. La nascita di una nazione è la lenta ma inevitabile scoperta di un amore; i cittadini troveranno nella nuova patria l'identità che gli amanti sperano di costruire con la loro unione. Il coraggio di un modesto esercito che prosegue nell'assalto nonostante la delusione di un importante aiuto negato è la saggezza di un uomo che abbandona le finzioni, i vizi e le paure di chi non può più sentirsi giovane pe...more
Hemdan Ahmed
لا أدري لماذا يُذكرني ساراماجو دائما بماركيز فكلاهما ينتمي الى المدرسة اللاتينية و كلاهما شيوعي المذهب السياسي و التوجه الفكري ، لكن شتّان ما بينهما فساراماجو غاية في العبقرية و الابداع و ( مفهوم )أما الاخر فلا أدري ؛

النتيجة واحدة سواء وضعنا لا ام تركناها نعم ، انه سقوط لشبونه ، في نهاية الحدث هي قد سقطت ولكن المصحح رايموندو سيلبا أًًبى الا ان يعترض على حقيقة تاريخية و هي مساعدة الصليبيين للبرتغاليين في حصار لشبونة مما اضطره في نهاية الامر الى كتابة الواقعه التاريخية بسيناريو جديد و ان كانت النه...more
My favorite of Saramago's novels is The History of the Siege of Lisbon in which Raimundo Silva, a proofreader assigned to correct a book entitled The History of Siege of Lisbon by his publishing house, decides to alter the meaning of a crucial sentence by inserting the word "not" in the text, so that the book now claims that the Crusaders did not come to the aid of the Portuguese king in taking Lisbon from the Moors. After doing this he is inexplicably encouraged by his supervisor, Maria Sara, t...more
Un altro di quei libri che io definisco D.O.C.G. La mia “Riserva speciale”. I libri da centellinare.
E’ Saramago e tanto basta.
Le parole, le frasi, si susseguono e concatenano a creare arabeschi di pensieri leggeri e sorprendenti, da seguire con cura e pazienza per non correre il rischio di perderne niente, per goderne fino in fondo.
La trama è poco più che un pretesto, ma ti dice che:
il caso non esiste, perché anche le cose più imprevedibili e inaspettate sono comunque e sempre determinate da...more
Lea Ann
I can't do it. I put this book down for two months because I couldn't read more than two or three pages at a time without falling asleep and wanted to throw it away. So I picked it back up again with the belief that I would read one chapter at a time while allowing myself to read a different book in between. But I can't. I went back to the book today and realized I can't subject myself to even ten pages at a time with this.

I know this book is supposed to be amazing. And I applaud those that can...more
Aaron Arnold
I'd previously read his excellent novel Blindness, but this was even better, both more human and more high-concept. It's a deceptively simple novel, centering around Raimundo Silva, a middle-aged proofreader in modern-day Lisbon who, when given a book called The History of the Siege of Lisbon to proof, impulsively inserts the single word "not" into a crucial sentence about the decision of a Crusader army to come to the aid of an army of Galicians besieging the city of Lisbon during the Reconquis...more
I wanted to like this book much more than I did. It was interesting to read a story about revised history, especially after just completing "Shadow Divers", in which I learned about Post-War Assessors, who would sometimes need to fill in the gaps of WW2 history. A shot was fired at a presumed submarine, some oil and debris rose to the surface, that must mean the sub was destroyed, end of story. Ha - not necessarily! Well, anyway, back to this book, it's about a proofreader who adds a "not" into...more
Joao Vaz
Lisboa, Verão de 1147. O reino de Portugal tinha sido criado de fresco, fresquinho; poucos anos tinham passado desde a escaramuça familiar por detrás da sua fundação. As nossas tropas verdes de idade e esperança rumavam sul sob a alçada do nosso pai Afonso, conquistando territórios e importância. Eis que chegam às hortas dos subúrbios lisbonenses, cidade atulhada de Al-’s que veneravam um Deus estranho que repudia cães. Para a tomarem em nome de Cristo - o nosso patrono - pedem auxílio aos cruza...more
Jose Saramago is not someone who relies heavily on plot. He uses stream-of-consciousness in "The History of the Siege of Lisbon" as a way to merge the history of the city’s past with that of the protagonist living out his life in the modern day. In the novel, conversations bear no quotations, no parentheses appear on added-on ideas/non sequiturs, nor are questions accompanied by a ?. Whole paragraphs are pages long, and it is safe to say that most of them contain a single action or noun which is...more
Jose Sago uses an amusing narration style but a very tiring writing style,He prefers comas to full stops, I am mimicking it in this review as an example, so his sentences go on indefinitely giving the readers the uncomfortable feeling that they are trying to hurry to catch up with the narrative as they are trying to digest it in a single breath,Yet what disappointed me in this book is a story itself which did not rise to my expectations,It starts out promisingly enough with a proofreader making...more
Did the crusaders help the Portuguese to take Lisbon back from the Moors, or did they not help them? A little word makes all the difference, and when Raimundo Silva adds that little word, on an impulse, to the draft of a book that he is proofreading, he finds himself confronted with the task to rewrite the History of the Siege of Lisbon, which is really the history of how Portugal became Portugal.
The facts of the past become interwoven with the present as we follow Raimundo strolling along the...more
I enjoyed the History of the Siege of Lisbon, but not fully. The book started out slowly, the tale of a solitary proofreader, his decision to add the word "not" to an important sentence, and the consequences; it's also a work about history, about the relationship between words and meaning and about writing, and deep down, it's about Lisbon and Portugal, those unique places. Perhaps because I've never been there and couldn't appreciate the detail in which the city is painted in the early chapters...more
William Faulkner - King of endless paragraphs and phobic of punctuation - surfaces in the guise of Saramago. This author (better known for "Blindness" and "All The Names", and rightfully so) does certainly have a way with words and weaves philosophy, historiography and The Crusades through what is billed as a "love story". That the protagonist indeed begins a love affair with his newly-appointed manager is indisputible. What I contest is that this is in any way a remarkable development or an emp...more
Brian R. Mcdonald
Inclusion on my "read" shelf is a misnomer. I normally finish every book I start, though in some cases I start to skim a bit as I get near the end of especially difficult reads. This one, however, was simply too painful. I made it four pages before deciding that I simply could not have gone farther. Mr. Saramago is undoubtedly a great writer, and the Nobel committee and other critics undoubtedly saw and comprehended things that I cannot; however, merely trying to understand what his readers migh...more
324 pages.

Oh, my. What's not to love about Saramago's tale of the tyranny of official history. It's so much more fun to tweak the past a bit.

When a Portuguese proofreader rewrites history by changing a word in a text, he unexpectedly wins the heart of his supervisor, Maria Sara, who encourages him to fabricate more in the grand style of a historical romance.

Around this seemingly minor episode, Jose Saramago, 'Portugal's great fabulist' (Los Angeles Times) constructs one of his most ambitious, s...more
عبد الحميد بوحسين
ساراماغو يكتب بمبضع التشريح ،يتأمل ،يفكك الأشياء و الأحاسيس ،يقدم افتراضاته ،يسلك الطرق الفرعية التي تنير باقي اجزاء كتابته..هنا مصحح الكتب رايموندو سليبا سيغير كلمة واحدة من كتاب يتحدث عن حصار لشبونة الإسلامية،سيكتب لا بدلا من نعم
لا لم يساعد الصليبيون البرتغاليين في الحصار
هكذا ستبدأ تأملاته عن التاريخ ،سنحس بأن الحكاية تحدث الآن في ليشبونة سيلبا،و هو يعيد كتابة القصة منطلقا من "لا"،رغم أنه يعلم أن لا شيء سيتغير
لكن الشك في كل شيء ،مساءلة التاريخ،و العودة الى روتين المصحح اليومي الذي سيتغير ،نع...more
Jayme(the ghost reader)
I hated this book. I expected a love story as I was told it was a love story. The love story didn't come into effect until more than halfway through the book. I felt the relationship was rushed. They slept with each other not long afterward.
Also, I hate the way the book was written. The paragraphs were a page to two pages long and I would have appreciated shorter sentences. The dialogue, what little there is, is choppy because you never know one person starts to talk and where the other one end...more
Ahmad Badghaish
لا أعتقد بأن هذه الرواية ستروق للكثير كما راقت لي، لأن اسم الرواية يدلل بأنها تاريخية بينما لم تكن كذلك، ولأنها كثيرة التفاصيل، ولأنها غريبة في أسلوبها عن الطريقة التي اعتدنا عليها. أعتقد بأن قراءة مقدمة المترجم مهمة جدًا قبل قراءة الرواية لأنه ستوضح الكثير من أسلوب الرواية. القصة تدور حول شخصية واحدة بأساس، وقصته مع الكتب التاريخية التي تتكلم عن حصار مدينة لشبونة. في القصة الكثير من الحوارات الجميلة، أو اللمحات التي لم نعرف كيف نقولها. التفاصيل في القصة جدًا كثيرة، بشكل قد يبدو مملًا للبعض، لكن...more
Khaled Abdel
بعد ان انتهيت من معايشة هذه الرواية لم اجد كلمة اعمق من كلمة يا الهي لوصف حالتي بعد انتهائي من قراءة هذه الرواية الجميلة بكل مقاييس الجمال
تدور احداث الرواية حول مصحح بروفات يدعي ريموندو سيلفا ، يرتكب خطأ متعمدا باضافة كلمة لا في الفقرة الخاصة بان الصليبين ساعدوا البرتغالين في حصار لشبونة أثناء تصحيحه لكتاب عن حصار لشبونة الي هذا الحد رواية عادية جدا ، ولكن تتطور الاحداث عندما تكتشف جريمته و تقترح عليه مديرته ان يكتب هو تاريخ الحصار وهنا ندخل في مستوي اخر من السرد يجذبنا بخفة الي القرن الثاني عش...more
Ohhh maaaan, this was so disappointing. After the first Saramago I read off the list, I zipped off list to read a couple of his others. I have been excited about reaching this one for weeks. But it just couldn't hold my attention. Raimundo Silva, a comfortably middled aged proof reader, mischievously changes a word in a historical text, leaving the fate of the City of Lisbon open to interpretation. Fully expecting to lose his job from a moment of madness, his world, and Lisbon are turned upside...more
الرواية أكثر من رائعة ، يكمن تفردها في الأسلوب الذي قُدمت به .. أسلوب سينمائي في عرض المشاهد ولغة شاعرية تتخللها كثيرًا السخرية الذكية اللاذعة ..
يعيش القارئ معظم الوقت في عقل بطل الرواية .. يسمع تلاطم الأفكار فيه ويحس بكل انفعالاته ..

المشكلة الوحيدة في كثرة أسماء الأماكن والرموز البرتغالية والمسيحية .. غير المطلعين والذين لم يزوروا لشبونة يومًا حتمًا سيتململون من زخم الأسماء هذا

« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Inquisitors' Manual
  • The Relic
  • Uma Família Inglesa
  • A Máquina de Joseph Walser (O Reino, #2)
  • O Retorno
  • Os Livros que Devoraram o Meu Pai
  • Cemitério de Pianos
  • The Collected Poems of Alberto Caeiro
  • Dark Back of Time
  • The Family Moskat
  • A Voz dos Deuses
  • Manhã Submersa
  • Balada da Praia dos Cães
  • Poem Strip
  • The Enigma of Arrival: A Novel in Five Sections
José de Sousa Saramago (pronounced [ʒuˈzɛ sɐɾɐˈmagu]) is 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 for...more
More about José Saramago...
Blindness (Blindness, #1) Death with Interruptions The Gospel According to Jesus Christ All the Names Seeing (Blindness, #2)

Share This Book

“يا إلهنا العزيز، ارحم رجالاً أنفقوا أعمارهم في تخيل الأشياء!!” 86 likes
“Every novel is like this, desperation, a frustrated attempt to save something of the past. Except that it still has not been established whether it is the novel that prevents man from forgetting himself or the impossibility of forgetfulness that makes him write novels.” 13 likes
More quotes…