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In 1551, King João III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present: an elephant named Solomon. The elephant's journey from Lisbon to Vienna was witnessed and remarked upon by scholars, historians, and ordinary people. Out of this material, José Saramago has spun a novel already heralded as "a triumph of language, imagination, and humor" (El País).

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Paperback, 246 pages
Published 2010 by الهيئه المصرية العامة للكتاب (first published 2008)
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Fionnuala
...a fall from grace can come very swiftly, or, as the Romans used to say, the Tarpeian Rock is close to the Capitol. That idea, though not that exact expression, was in my mind from the beginning of The Elephant’s Journey.

A very likeable character called pêro de alcáçova carneiro features impressively in the early pages of this tale. He is secretary of state to the king of Portugal and his thinly veiled ironic responses to the monarch’s rather dim questions cause the reader to worry for his saf...more
Chrissie
Yes, this is a book of historical fiction. It is based on a true event in history:

“In 1551, King João III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present: an elephant named Solomon. The elephant's journey from Lisbon to Vienna was witnessed and remarked upon by scholars, historians, and ordinary people.” , this being a direct quote from the book description.

And yet this book is primarily a book of humor. To be more explicit, it is a book of ironic satire. It is written with moder...more
jeremy
shortly after he began writing the elephant’s journey in 2007, josé saramago was stricken with pneumonia and would conclude the year hospitalized in lanzarote from complications. a mere day after his discharge the following january, he resumed efforts on the novel, completing it in august 2008. hence the book’s dedication: “for pilar, who wouldn’t let me die,” a tribute to his wife (and translator of his works into spanish). saramago would go on to finish another novel (cain, to be published in...more
William
Here is a wonderful story, especially, I think, if you have a deep connection to animals. It is the story of Solomon the Elephant and his keeper, Subhro, and their journey as a gift from King Joao III of Portugal to his cousin Archduke Maximillian (Hapsburgs) in 1540 or so. The voice is third-person historical and wonderfully relaxed and unrushed. It is a novelist's voice embelling on historical fact: "It's hard to understand just why the archduke maximilian should have decided to make such a jo...more
Célia Loureiro
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O que esperar de uma obra de um escritor premiado com um Nobel? Já tive algumas experiências com vencedores/indiciados para Pulitzers, Nobels, Booker Prizes, e nem sempre foram agradáveis. Abomino o surrealismo de Murakami. Derrapei no caos de Gabriel García Marquez e ganhei asco à “A Valsa Esquecida” da Anne Enright - uma vez mais, porquê “A Valsa Esquecida” e não, como dizem os franceses do Jeunet, “Yupi-tralala”? Mas o Saramago é diferente, não por ser português, não por ser um velhinho de...more
Justin
It pains me a bit to give a Saramago book such a low rating, but of the seven of his that I've read, this was clearly the one I liked the least. It's not that I disliked it. In fact, I was going to go for the third star but when I looked at what rating I had given the other six Saramago books I've read, I had to knock it down to two, as I definitely liked The Cave better and that only got three.

Anyways, enough of my personal Saramago rating history. The reason this is getting two stars is that...more
Inês
Saramago é também isto: pegar numa viagem que se descreveria numa página e transformá-la num livro. Cheio de apontamentos e divagações que inevitavelmente acabam em frases geniais perdidas no meio de um parágrafo.
A forma infantil (mas pertinente) como ele desmonta cada frase feita faz-me sempre sorrir. Mais ninguém chegará a este nível na nobre arte de encher chouriços.

"É a diferença entre um categórico Levanta-te e um dubitativo E se tu te levantasses. Há mesmo quem sustente que esta segunda fr...more
أميــــرة
كتاب (كوكتيل) لساراماجو.
انتظرت حتى أنتهي من القراءة علّني أحدد الموضوع الأساسي للكتاب، لكن بلا جدوى. قد يظهر أن موضوع الكتاب هو الواقعة الحقيقية تاريخيًا التي أهدى فيها ملك البرتغال فيلًا لأرشيدوق النمسا بمناسبة زواجه، لكن التفاصيل الأخرى من خيال ساراماجو، وتلك الواقعة ما هي إلا خط للحكي، تطل من خلفه نوايا الكاتب الحقيقية.

تناول ساراماجو المعتقدات الدينية للبشر عمومًا، وكيف يمكن أن تتحكم في مصائرهم، وكيف يستغلها الحكّام في تطويع الشعوب، فالكاتب يتناول واقعة حدثت في القرن السادس عشر بعد وفاة لوثر
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Jeruen
Perhaps it's a known fact here that I am a big fan of Saramago's writing. I have read The Cave, Death with Interruptions, Blindness, Seeing, The Notebook, and All The Names. He is indeed one writer that I really came to like, and so I have this standing goal to read every book that he has written and is available in a language I can understand. He wrote in Portuguese, so all I can do is wait until his works get translated.

Anyway, this is a short novel (just about 205 pages) about the journey of...more
Noha Dawoud
أول روايه أقرأها لساراماجو عجبنى جدا اسلوبه السردى و إنسانيته اللى كانت واضحة اوى فى الرواية.
بالنسبة للرواية هيا بتحكى مسيرة للفيل "سالمون" من البرتغال للنمسا,
الفيل كان رمز لاوروبا بالصراعات اللى حصلت فيها وسيطرة الكنيسة علي الحكم واستعباد البشر.
استمتعت بالرواية وعشقت سالمون :)
Ahmed
إذا فهذا هو ساراماجو , من فاض ذكره وارتفع اسمه ليناطح السحاب , إذا هو ساراماجو . من وضع إسمه فى مصاف العظماء , أعتقد أنه يستحق , ويستحق أكثر .
هذا هو أول لقاء معه والأكيد أنه لن يكون الأخير (شكلها هتكون فاتحة خير ان شاء الله بصوت حزلقوم)
عمل عادى لكنه قوى , أكيد لن يُسجل ضمن أعظم ما كتب ساراماجو فهو من نوعية الأعمال المظلومة , لكن مجرد ما تقرأها ستجد نفسك أمام عمل فريد . عمل يبرهن على إبداع منقطع النظير .
المهم : مسيرة الفيل : فى غابر الأزمان , ملك أراد أن يهادي صهره , فتفتَّقَ ذهنُه على هدية مبتك
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Helena
he Elephant’s Journey is a beautifully told story about the adventures of an elephant, Solomon and his Mahout, Subhro. In 1551 King Joao III of Portugal gave his nephew, Archeduke Maximillion a wedding gift- an elephant and along with that elephant came Subhro, his keeper or Mahout and The Elephant’s Journey is Saramago’s retelling of the their journey from Lisbon to Vienna. The Elephant’s Journey is a small book, a mere 204 pages, so I thought it would be a quick read, but I found that Saramago...more
Rich Stoehr
I had the strangest feeling while reading The Elephant's Journey - I felt like a child, being told a story by an old and indulgent grandparent. I saw him clearly, sitting in an old comfortable chair in a dimly-lit room, talking in a gravelly voice, telling the story of Solomon the elephant, a wedding gift from a king to an archduke, and the long journey that brought him from Portugal through the Alps and finally to Vienna.

Like any good grandfather, Saramago wanders from point to point while tell...more
Al Sirois
I wasn't sure I'd be able to read this, since I tend not to be a fan of experimental fiction that lacks quotation marks, it employs run-on paragraphs that go on for pages sometimes and have no breaks for different speakers, it also slams sentences together like this with only a comma to separate them, but don't let that stop you from picking this up, I say give it a chance, if you do it will reward you.

Whew! I find writing like that a real effort, and yeah -- when I paged through it and saw what...more
Hadrian
For all of Saramago's stylistic beauty, this book still has the feel of a too-long anecdote. You start off fascinated, and you remember Saramago's wry humor and wandering sentences. Then you start to get bored and doze off for about 50-100 pages in the middle, and then you 'wake up' again, start paying attention, and read the fantastic ending, and wonder how you got there in the first place. Then, given Saramago's reputation, you feel tempted to start again.

In the hands of a lesser writer, this...more
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Sidna
What a bore! This book is 205 pages of an uninteresting story. If I had not had to read it for a book discussion group, I would have given up after a few pages. In fact, since I started to read it, I have put it down several times to read other books. The book discussion is coming up in a few days so I forced myself to finish the book.

The book reads like a looooong Aesop's Fable. The plot is based on a real event that happened in the year 1551. King Joao III of Portugal had an elephant that he h...more
Raquel
http://www.espalhafactos.com/2014/07/...

"A Viagem do Elefante", baseada em factos históricos, acaba por ser um romance ficcionado, ou um conto segundo o autor, sobre a jornada épica do elefante Salomão e do seu cornaca Subhro (ou Solimão e Fritz para os austríacos). Uma longa e extraordinária viagem de Lisboa até Viena, de inutilidade para o Rei de Portugal, D. João III, a presente inesquecível para o Arquiduque de Áustria, Maximiliano II.
Entendida como uma metáfora da vida humana, esta história...more
Ricki Nordmeyer
Nobel laureate Jose Saramago was known for his lifelong communism, his experimental writing style and his blending of the fantastical with practicality. All of these attributes are evident in this charming posthumously published novel. The narrator, omniscient across time, chronicles the journey of Solomon the elephant (later renamed Suleiman), his uneasy mahout (caretaker), the bravado of a calvary captain and all the sundry people they meet along the arduous journey through 16th century Europe...more
Stephen
Saramago was a great writer, but this is not one of his better efforts. His account of an Elephant's journey from Lisbon to Vienna, accompanied by an Indian caretaker and escorted part of the way by the Archduke Maximillian, is apparently based upon a true story. The novel is slight, at least in comparison with other of Saramago's works, but does have moments of Saramago's typical charm and humor. I will not forget, for example, his criticism of Jesus's miracle of driving the demons into pigs as...more
George Angus
I tried. I really, really did.

So, the personal lesson here is that I'm too pedestrian to read literary works of genius. That is, as long as literary means the ignoring of any standard rules of grammar regarding punctuation and such.

I know the fans here love this author and I can see why. He is obviously a master storyteller. The intriguing storyline is why I picked up the book in the first place.

I've tried and tried but the writing style is just too darned distracting. Paragraphs that stretch...more
Shaimaa Ali
استغل جوزيه ساراماجو حادثة تاريخية ليتهكم كثيراً على الكنيسة الكاثوليكية ، بدءًا من مقارنة قصة قيامة السيد المسيح (طبقاً لمعتقاداتهم) وحكاية الاله الهندى جانيش
خبيث هو ساراماجو فالتعليقات تاتى على لسان الفيال سوبهرو الذى هو مسيحى لانه تعمد وهو صغير بينما تجده عالماً بالكثير عن الديانات والالهة الهندية .. عموماً لم يكن هذا مريحاً كثيرا وان كان هذا هو الخط الرئيسى الذى كتب من اجله هذه الرواية .. فهو بنتقد بذكاء حتى لا يعاقب من قبل محاكم التفتيش (الموجودة فى كل عصر)
افضل جملة فى الرواية كلها هى هذه...more
Vanita
A "Viagem do Elefante" não é um livro, é um exercício de escrita de alguém que já publicou muitas obras literárias. Ler este relato depois de assistir ao documentário "José e Pilar" fez-me sentir como se estivesse sentada ao lado de José Saramago que, lentamente, de acordo com a vontade, o passar do tempo e a memória, me ia contando uma história. Tal como se conta uma história, com divagações, com apontamentos, por vezes até sem nexo. Um prazer que, para mim, fez sentido em ler devagar, respeita...more
Rhys
I love Saramago. I now regard him to be as good as (or perhaps even better than) Marquez. This is a superb novel based on the true story of an elephant that walked from Lisbon to Vienna in 1551. The writing flows with grace, elegance and irresistible momentum. It was very refreshing for me to read a novel almost entirely devoid of evil incidents. None of the main players, including the Archduke of Austria, are malign and the elephant himself is a magnificent character. Wise, witty and charming.
Suzanne
A charming fable, told as if by a teacher to willing students, or maybe a grandfather to eager grandchildren, this story of an elephant and entourage in a midieval trek across Europe, reveals much more that the simple facts of the journey. We quickly learn the storytellers thoughts on religion, class and destiny, and are highly entertained in the process. An adept translation, this book begged to be read aloud, and my happy dogs now are much wiser in the ways of elephants and archdukes.
Mina Saher
كتاب تشعر بساراماجو كثيراً فيه. لهذا فقد القليل من متعة كتابات ساراماجو، حيث يلوح كل فترة من بين السطور. .. تتجلى قدرة ساراماجو في تأديب الأفكار الصعبه، لم أقرأ له رواية حتى الآن بالمعنى المتعارف عليه،
Paula
The Elephant's Journey is a short book and a charming tale, one that might almost be mistaken for a children's story. Except for the fact that it is also a tale about tales, an historical, philosophical meta-narrative. The narrator, quite engagingly, with warmth and evoking maximum human interest, recounts the journey in 1551 of Solomon, an Indian elephant and his mahout, Subhro from the Portuguese court of King João III in Lisbon (they had arrived several years earlier by ship from Goa) to Vien...more
Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
It is by chance that José Saramago stumbled upon the history of this elephant's journey. In 1551, King João III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present - an elephant named Solomon. Solomon and his Indian mahout, Subhro, travel from Lisbon to Vienna with a interesting motley of characters. The details of the travel are not historically known, but Saramago has woven an interesting fictional tale recounting that journey.

I have to confess that my expectations from this book w...more
Jorge
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Booknblues
One might expect that a journey of an elephant named Solomon during the 16th century to be full of endearing moments and in that the reader would be correct. But like the elephant trudging through the snowdrifts of the Alps the reader first must acclimatize to Saramago’s dense style which discards quotation marks, capitalization of names, indentations of paragraphs and meanders in a sort of stream of consciousness style of an elderly uncle. Now what was I saying? Oh we were talking about elephan...more
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Loosed in Transla...: The Elephant's Journey by Jose Saramago 1 17 May 29, 2011 12:04PM  
  • Cemitério de Pianos
  • A cidade e as serras
  • Balada da Praia dos Cães
  • A Máquina de Fazer Espanhóis
  • A Máquina de Joseph Walser (O Reino, #2)
  • Manhã Submersa
  • A Filha do Capitão
  • O Bom Inverno
  • A Menina do Mar
  • Os Cus de Judas
  • Equador
  • O Retorno
  • As Pupilas do Senhor Reitor
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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
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