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"A history teacher rents a video on the recommendation of a friend. Not a great fan of cinema, he watches the film unmoved, but wakes later that night unaccountably troubled by something he has subconsciously viewed. He gets up to watch the film again and discovers, to his horror, an actor who could be his twin, identical in every way except for the moustache he himself ha ...more
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Published (first published 2002)
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Eduardo A. Saramago has explained this earlier:

«As you know, when we speak, we don't use punctuation. We pause [to breath] and even, as I say in my books, the…more
Saramago has explained this earlier:

«As you know, when we speak, we don't use punctuation. We pause [to breath] and even, as I say in my books, the only two punctuation marks are the full stop (or period, in American English) and the comma, are not punctuation marks, they are a pause, a brief pause and a long pause. In the end, as I often say, to speak is to compose music» - in Expresso, 2004.

«(..) I see myself as an oral narrator when I write and that the words by me written ought to be read as well as to be heard. Now, the oral narrator doesn't need punctuation, speaks as he was composing music and uses the same elements as a musician: sounds and pauses, highs and lows, some, brief or long, others.» - in Cadernos de Lanzarote – Diário II (1994)

I translated it as best as I could from the following link:
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Amira Mahmoud
بعد قراءات متعددة لساراماجو يبدو ليّ أن أكثر ما يرغب به في رواياته، أن يضعك حين تقرأ له أمام أسوء كوابيسك لكن ميزة الكابوس تكمن في أنك تعلم أنه كذلك بمجرد استيقاظك ثم تتعجب من نفسك كيف كنت تشعر بهذا الخوف وأنت تحلم رغم أنه كابوس خيالي ولا مجال لحدوثه في واقعك الهادئ والرتيب.
تبدو الحياة الحقيقية دومًا أشدّ بخلاً بالصدف من الرواية والأشكال الأخرى من التخييل، إلا مع قبول أن مبدأ الصدفة هو المحرك الوحيد والحقيقي للعالم وفي هذه الحالة فإن ما يُعاش وما يُكتب يجب أن يكون له الثقل نفسه وبالعكس.

Jul 29, 2007 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Saramago fans
I should preface this review with a disclaimer that I both love Jose Saramago and magical realism. Adore both, actually. Do not judge my nerdiness. I will loudly and proudly shout to the line behind me at the book store that I cannot wait to read about a magical mountain range. And when the manager has to come over and escort me to the door with my purchases, I'll shout even louder about how much I admire the tale of an old village woman who lived to be 250. And when the manager tells me I canno ...more
Quantum Physics of Identity

"Only a common sense with the imagination of a poet could have invented the wheel." Not a bad self-referential summary of Saramago's The Double.

This book is common sense and imagination applied to human identity and the result is a literary wheel turning round and round in the minds of two apparently identical individuals. Is one merely a copy of the other? Are their fates entangled like quantum particles? Do they become parts of the other simply by knowing of the oth
Saramago was a unique literary magician, and this is one of his most hauntingly memorable books. This one is a real slow burner, which demands great patience of its reader, but like so many of Saramago's books it is full of dry humour.

The first part of the book might even be described as dull, as the long and apparently rambling sentences, conversations without quotes, and occasional asides from his omniscient narrator set up a picture of an unsympathetic and drab antihero, a depressed history
Ahmed Oraby
Nov 04, 2013 Ahmed Oraby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أنا بيتهيألي ممكن أموت دلوقتي وأنا في قمة السعادة
قمة الجمال
قمة العبقرية
خيال ساراماجو العجيب وأفكاره الجهنمية
تعليقاته المضحكة
قوة أسلوبه
عمق الفكرة
متعة الرواية
فن السرد
رواية خرافة
May 28, 2009 Fabian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Incredibly hard to read! This was a self-inflicted punishment by an insipid reader trying to introduce himself to a compulsively revolting writer!

Saramago, who is, like his name suggests, a "mago", or wizard, pretty much singlehandly diminishes the joy that reading brings, making it all one self-assured, self-serving CHORE.

Man, I hated this book. The story could be a novella, would be an amazing and silly and cool one at that, but in novel form, well... all Saramago does is throw
Jan 03, 2011 Zach rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Well, I had planned on starting this review with some choice zingers about Saramago shameless burgling the plot of any or every Murakami novel, wherein some workaday shlub, with a boring job and a boring life and crushingly alone in the world, has a chance-or-not-chance run-in with some inexplicable unnatural or supernatural phenomenon which comes to consume him, only with the Portuguese author applying his trademark run-on sentences and incredibly lengthy paragraphs and narratological excursion ...more
Joana Cotidiana
Li-o em menos de 24h, foi quase impossível arrancarem-mo das mãos mas ainda assim está longe de ser o meu favorito de Saramago até agora. Não queria dar-lhe uma classificação... não acho justo. Assim que o terminei senti uma enorme necessidade de o reler porque o final deixou-me ultra confusa, aliás, o livro inteiro!! Preciso de o ler de novo já sabendo para onde me está a levar. Até lá fica com 3 estrelas. Em breve faço uma opinião mais completa :)
Silvia Sirea
Jul 19, 2016 Silvia Sirea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E' il mio primo incontro con Saramago ed è stato amore a prima lettura.
Una trama semplice, ma sotto la superficie nasconde dei tesori unici.
Un uomo, per caso, mentre guarda un film, scopre di avere un sosia. Non si tratta di una semplice somiglianza, i due uomini sono assolutamente uguali. Da quel momento in poi, la vita di Tertuliano Máximo Afonso - il protagonista - non sarà più la stessa: intraprenderà delle minuziose ricerche per scoprire l'identità del suo duplicato e così, interrogativi e
mai ahmd
Dec 28, 2011 mai ahmd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
يعتمد ساراماغو أيضا في روايته الآخر مثلي على نفس الأسلوب الذي سار عليه في أغلب رواياته في حوار متتابع لا تعرف من هو المتحدث ، وجدت هذه الطريقة نوعا ما في بداية القراءة مشتتة لكن في الحقيقة هي تتيح لعقلك التفكير وربما إعادة قراءة الحوار أكثر من مرة وما إن انتبهت لطريقة ساراماغو المذهلة حتى أعجبتُ بها، إنه يتركك حائرا تتساءل وتعيد لكي تفهم مع الوقت أصبحت تفهم الشخصيات وطريقة تفكيرهم لذلك يصبح الأمر كلغز أنت قادر على حله الأمر يحتاج فقط أن تجتهد وهذا سيجعلك مبتهجا تثني على طريقة ساراماغو الذكية !

Vladislav Radak
Jedan od nezahvalnih trenutaka deljenja zvezdica I ocena romanima jeste nepostojanje bilo kakve referentne tačke. Iako ne bih zalazio duže u samu debatu besmislenosti ocenjivanja umetnosti uopšte, jasno je da bi se baš pri ovoj oceni koplje moglo slomiti na mojim leđima. Kako bih Saramagu, svakako jednom od najvećih pisaca dvadesetog veka da dam bilo šta ispod maksimalne ocene, posebno imajući u vidu da sam drastično lošiji pisac od njega te da će „mnogo vode Dunavom proteći“ pre nego što se uka ...more
Nov 30, 2012 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not really enjoy Saramago's The Double. To begin with, it's a sloppy handling of a theme which has been done over-and-over, and better done at that: Dickin's The Tale of Two Cities, Poe's "William Wilson," Nabokov's Despair and Dostoyevsky's The Double were all better handlings of the doppelgänger theme than this, I felt. This felt kind of like a more sinister "The Parent Trap" or dropped episode of The Twilight Zone (dropped for being too long maybe). It wasn't bad, I won't say that. Ever ...more
Feb 15, 2016 Mitra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
پایان این قصه یه شاهکاره
ترجمه عبدالرضا روزخوش
نشر روزگار

رابطه ی تو با ماریا پاز در این لحظه چگونه است؟
ترتولیانو پاسخ داد:
توضیح دادن آن،آسان نیست.
سعی کن بگویی از او خوشم می آید و به اون احتیاج دارم،خیلی ها با دلایل کمتری ازدواج کرده اند.
بله،اما من متوجه هستم که احتیاج،فقط مربوز به یک لحظه است.
اگر فردا وجود نداشته باشد چه کنم؟
Hugo Emanuel
Oct 23, 2012 Hugo Emanuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, owned
O tema do "duplo" - ou "doppelgänger" - é relativamente comum na literatura. Um considerável numero de escritores, alguns dos quais grandes vultos da literatura, já o abordaram antes - Edgar Allen Poe em "William Wilson; Nabokov em "Desespero"; Bram Stoker em "Crooken Sands"; Dostoyevsky em "O Duplo", Dickens em "A Tale Of Two Cities" (que ainda não li), só para citar alguns. Tendo em conta não só a quantidade de vezes que este tema foi abordado mas também por que escritores, pode dizer-se que s ...more
Jan 20, 2017 Sanja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sva sreća pa sam zaboravila obrt na kraju, iako sam gledala film.
Sep 24, 2007 Ama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who're fond of magical realism
I figured out the inevitable ending of this book about halfway through it, but getting to the end was certainly not tedious . The language (lyrically translated by Margaret Costa) is full of unusual but vivid imagery ("...she had noticed a kind of embarassed catch in his voice, a disharmony that occasionally distorted his delivery, like the characteristic vibrato produced by a cracked water jar when struck with the knuckles"), and the novel is filled with sophisticated phrases that fit oddly wel ...more
Aba Mafalba
Jul 25, 2015 Aba Mafalba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το τέλος σε αποζημιώνει.
Dec 21, 2011 Tej rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tej by: Jasmeet
A story of a school history teacher, whose archaic name, Tertuliano Máximo Afonso, is a constant prick and an incessant irritant to him, only dealt with timid avoidance and shameful efforts at courage. This passage paints him well ;

"Tertuliano Máximo Afonso does not belong to that extraordinary group of people who can smile even when alone, his nature inclines him more to melancholy, to reverie, to an exaggerated awareness of the transience of life, to an incurable perplexity when faced by the g
Jan 11, 2011 Madeline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-list
"The man who has just come into the shop to rent a video bears on his identity card a most unusual name, a name with a classical flavor that time has staled, neither more nor less than Tertuliano Maximo Afonso. The Maximo and the Afonso, which are in more common usage, he can just about tolerate, depending, of course, on the mood he's in, but the Tertuliano weighs on him like a gravestone and has done, ever since he first realized that the wretched name lent itself to being spoken in an ironic, ...more
هي معاني لا اتخيل لها ان تكتب
فينتج عنها ما يستطيع في بضع كليمات
"ان يصف العبقريه في ذالك العمل الروائي للرائع "خوسيه_ساراماغو
انها بحق ممتعه. . ومخيفه
Deepthi Terenz
Saramago tells the story of the History professor Tertuliano Máximo Afonso who one day, while viewing a banal video a colleague has recommended, discovers that one of the minor actors in it is his identical. Tertuliano becomes obsessed with the idea of meeting the person he takes to be his double and, after viewing dozens of other films, manages to discover the actor's name, Antonio Claro, and track him down. This book was a little difficult to read as Saramago proved himself to be the master of ...more
Jun 25, 2008 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's possible something got lost in translation, but this book struck me as one of those texts that critics go ga-ga over because it's a slightly humorous diatribe that reassures their ideals (Words define the way we think about, you know, everything! Characters in stories aren't actually real; they're just characters in a narrative, like us!).
What could have been a solid 200-some page story about a depressed history teacher's obsession with his anonymous double, found playing a bit part in a f
Sep 12, 2014 سلطان rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
الترجمة العربية لهذه الرواية العجيبة، صدرت تحت عنوان: الآخر مثلي، وهي ترجمة لا بأس بها.الأمر الوحيد الذي كان مزعجا في الطبعة العربية هو حجم الكتاب وقطعه، الذي صدرت به أغلب إصدارات سلسلة الجوائز في الهيئة المصرية العامة للكتاب.
أما فكرة الرواية العجيبة والعظيمة في الوقت نفسه، فتنتمي إلى عالم الكاتب العبقري جوزيه ساراماغو.
هذه الرواية مبهرة في فكرتها، في بنائها وسرد أحداثها، في غرائبيتها وخاتمتها.
ساراماغو كعادته، يغوص في اعماق النفسية البشرية، ليبني من ادق تفاصيلها
المهملة أحداثاَ مهمة، رغم إسهاب ال
Oct 30, 2007 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I quite like Jose Saramago's ideas and story lines, but I find some of his novels very difficult to get through. This being one of them. The first 150-200 pages were hard work, the author tends to overcontemplate, side track his thoughts and expand on the simpliest of things. The last 100 pages or so were the payoff... the story was weaved together much tighter, more focused, and flowed a bit quicker. (hense the 3 stars)

For anyone new to Saramago, I would recommend breaking him into chewable chu
Patrizia O
May 06, 2011 Patrizia O rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: premi-nobel
Il protagonista, l’uomo duplicato, è Tertuliano Maximo Afonso, professore di storia che casualmente scopre di avere un doppio del tutto simile a lui. Un uomo identico. Questa scoperta lo sconvolge e sente che deve assolutamente conoscere il suo doppio per riuscire a essere se stesso. Compagno di questa avventura è il Senso comune che, impietosamente, svela allo stesso Tertuliano la pochezza di certi comportamenti e le banali scuse che spesso gli uomini si inventano per nasconderli a se stessi. S ...more
Jan 20, 2013 Simona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quando si parla di Saramago per me è difficile essere razionale, ma questa volta cercherò di trascendere la parte emotiva e concentrarmi su quella razionale per scrivere un commento riguardo questo libro.
Il tema del doppio è stato affrontato da molti scrittori: da Dostoevskij in "Il sosia" sino ad arrivare a Freud e si dice che ci siano sette persone simili a noi nel mondo. Il tema del doppio è affrontato anche da Saramago in questo libro molto interessante e inverosimile, sotto certi punti di
mohamadadali abtahi
امروز به جای کتاب گردی در روز پردود و دم، بیشتر وقتم را گذاشتم به کتاب خوانی. مرد تکثیر شده ژوزه ساراماگو را خواندم. مثل بقیه کتاب های ساراماگو خواندنی بود. ماجرای دو نفری که تصادفی مثل هم شده اند و مشکلاتی که این مشابهت برای آنها ایجاد می کند.من ترجمه عبدالرضا روزخوش را خواندم که نشر روزگار منتشر کرده بود. اعتراف میکنم تنهابا خاموش کردن مودم می شود کتاب خواند.
Jan 20, 2017 Samet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitap elimi yaktı, müthiş bir zevk.
Jigar Brahmbhatt
I want to start by saying that I wanted to enjoy this novel, I really did. Look at the cover design! How can one not be thrilled by a premise like this? An ordinary guy (a history professor in our case) goes about his mundane life day in day out without so much as a single moment of excitement... and bam! He sees his double in a movie.

But here is what is off-putting. This is my first Saramago novel, and I may be blinded by my quirky tastes in judging the Nobel laureate. But there is a way of sh
Colin McKay Miller
José Saramago’s The Double is a good short story. Problem is, it’s encased in a meandering novel.

The novel focuses on Tertuliano Maximo Afonso, a depressed school teacher who rents a movie and discovers that one of the minor actors looks exactly like him from five years ago—a double—except with a mustache. While most people would go, “Neat, that looks like me with a mustache,” Afonso becomes greatly disturbed. Though the narrator—a voice that has a lot of character itself—defends his actions by
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