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The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis

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The world's threats are universal like the sun but Ricardo Reis takes shelter under his own shadow.

Back in Lisbon after sixteen years practicing medicine in Brazil, Ricardo Reis wanders the rain-sodden streets. He longs for the unattainably aristocratic Marcenda, but it is Lydia, the hotel chamber maid who makes and shares his bed. His old friend, the poet Fernando Pessoa,
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 17th 1998 by Vintage Classics (first published 1984)
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Carlos Marques segura it will pay to know who ricardo reis and fernando pessoa were... but i would say the most important thing in the book is a knowledge of lisbon... even…moreit will pay to know who ricardo reis and fernando pessoa were... but i would say the most important thing in the book is a knowledge of lisbon... even if a basic one. (less)

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Rakhi Dalal
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Both Pessoa and Saramago fans
The only difference between life and death is that the living still have time, but the time to say that one word, to make that one gesture, is running out for them. What gesture, what word, I don't know, a man dies from not having said it, from not having made it, that is what he dies of, not from sickness, and that is why, when dead, he finds it so difficult to accept death. My dear Fernando Pessoa, you're reading things upside down. My dear Ricardo Reis, I can no longer read. Improbable on two ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
251. O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis = The year of the death of Ricardo Reis, José Saramago
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (in Portuguese: O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis) is a 1984 novel by Portuguese novelist José Saramago, the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in literature. It tells the story of the final year in the life of the title character, Ricardo Reis, one of the many heteronyms used by the Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa. In the novel, Ricardo Reis returns to Lisbon from Brazil, u
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Sawsan
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
يتخطى ساراماجو الحدود بين الخيال والواقع
ويتتبع شخصية ريكاردو ريس من لحظة وصوله للبرتغال بعد غياب 16 عام
ريس هو أحد الشخصيات البديلة التي ابتكرها الشاعر البرتغالي فيرناندو بيسوا
وبين الشعر وشوارع لشبونة وعلاقات ريس وأحاديثه مع بيسوا بعد وفاته
يعرض الأحوال السياسية.. القمع والديكتاتوريات والثورات والحروب
وخاصًة في البرتغال وجارتها أسبانيا فترة ثلاثينيات القرن الماضي
Anni
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A haunting novel - in more ways than one:-

With its Borgesian and Joycean echoes, this surrealist and symbolic novel pays homage to the poetry of Fernando Pessoa, as well as being an ambulatory paean to the city of Lisbon.
Our narrator's eponymous protagonist, Ricardo Reis, has returned to Portugal at the time of political turmoil and instability throughout Europe in the 1930s. Here, among the boulevards and alleyways of the city, he is visited 12 times by the spirit of his alter ego Pessoa, holdi
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BlackOxford
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Deep Inside Lisbon

How is it possible to combine Kafka, Proust, and Borges to create something entirely unique and compelling? Only Saramago knows for sure. With him Portugal is the home of Everyman who copes with the quotidian as well as the bizarre with panache and fortitude. As an incidental benefit, Ricardo Reis also provides a synopsis of Iberian literary history as well as an interesting travelogue of Lisbon. Read this with Google Earth at hand as he takes you round Baixa and Rossio.
João Carlos

Fernando Pessoa (1888 - 1935)

José Saramago (1922 – 2010), Prémio da Literatura 1998, publicou o romance “O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis” em 1984.
Tal como o título indica, José Saramago, constrói a narrativa recorrendo a Ricardo Reis, a personagem principal do romance com uma identidade imaginária, um dos heterónimos do poeta e escritor Fernando Pessoa, “ele próprio”, uma personagem secundária.
Ricardo Reis, com quarenta e oito anos de idade, natural do Porto, solteiro, médico e poeta, com última
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MihaElla
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truth to tell, I was expecting to fall in love with the guy (I mean Ricardo Reis) but no, eventually I have turned myself against such a male prototype. Sadly, this man appears to have nothing else to do, he sleeps, eats, strolls, and composes poetry line by line with much effort, agonizing over rhyme and meter.

When I just recall that It all started so nicely, almost softly adorning a picture of an interesting novel hero…≪ A grizzled fellow, skin and bones […] resumes his existence on terra fir
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Carmo
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel, portugal, my-bib
Não sei se esta é a história de Ricardo Reis, ou se Saramago o usou como pretexto para dar a conhecer o mundo, particularmente a Europa, no ano de 1936.
Em qualquer dos casos, Ricardo Reis volta a Portugal, depois do exílio no Brasil, quando tem conhecimento da morte de Fernando Pessoa.
Desembarca numa Lisboa sombria; sombria pelo tempo chuvoso e pelo clima político e social que se vive no país.
Numa narrativa onde a melancolia dá mãos à beleza, o autor disseca a realidade crua de uma das piores fa
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Jonathan
There are certain writers, and Saramago is clearly one of them, whose voice is so well defined we can recognise it within a few words. Even his less successful Novels are intensely pleasurable for me to read, simply because I love spending time in the presence of his voice (as translated by the wonderful Giovanni Pontiero of course). And here, in this text, we open the first page and read as follows:

”Here the sea ends and the earth begins. It is raining over the colourless city. The waters of th
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Claudia
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: na-minha-estante
Vou tentar descrever o que senti durante a leitura deste livro maravilhoso de José Saramago. O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis é absolutamente fantástico. Fez-me amar mais Lisboa, as pessoas e a vida. O escritor conseguiu surpreender-me ao longo da leitura e viver algumas semanas no ambiente característico do século XIX. A mentalidade do povo português pouco mudou.

Ricardo Reis regressa do Brasil depois de estar dezasseis anos longe do seu país. O estranhamento inicial e a procura de um lugar para
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عبدالخالق كلاليب
ساراماغو يأخذ بتلابيب القارئ منذ الصفحات الأولى ولا يفلته حتى الصفحة الأخيرة
رواية متعددة الطبقات,مراوغة ومعقدة, صعبة وممتعة, مكتوبة بإزميل نحّات وريشة رسّام بآنٍ
معاً.
أدب رفيع المستوى لا يكتبه سوى القلائل.. وساراماغو واحد منهم بالتأكيد
Nelson Zagalo
Este foi o oitavo livro de Saramago que li, comparativamente é talvez a sua melhor obra literária, não fazendo isso deste o seu melhor livro. A escrita, a investigação, a estrutura e a intertextualidade fazem deste trabalho uma obra de grande valor no domínio da arte das letras, contudo à história falta enredo e essencialmente conflito, o que torna a sua leitura um tanto espessa, por vezes penosa até, para o leitor.

[Ler com formatação, links e imagens no VI
https://virtual-illusion.blogspot.pt/..
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Dagio_maya
“Ogni lettore legge le storie come unico reale sopravvissuto”

Piove su Lisbona sul finire dell’Anno Domini 1935.
Precisamente è il 30 dicembre e nel porto di Alcanatara sta attraccando una nave che arriva dal Brasile.
A bordo c’è Ricardo Rèis: un nome ideato da Fernando Pessoa a cui Saramago da corpo, forma e voce.
Pessoa è morto ma questo suo eteronimo sopravvive, anzi, torna proprio per la scomparsa del Poeta.

” Ricardo Reis, età quarantotto anni, nato a Porto, stato civile celibe, profession
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فهد الفهد
سنة موت ريكاردو ريس

إذا لم تكن برتغاليا ً أو مطلعا ً على الأدب البرتغالي، ولم تقرأ المقدمة التي وضعها المترجم تحت عنوان ( إلى القارئ)، واعتذر فيها عن اضطراره للتفسير وأخذ يدك خلال الرواية، فستكون الحكاية بالنسبة لك، طبيب برتغالي يعود من البرازيل حيث عاش 16 عاما ً، ما الذي أعاده؟ لا ندري !!! ما الذي كان يفعله في البرازيل خلاف أن يطبب الناس؟ لا ندري !!! يأخذنا الطبيب، الذي يتكشف عن شاعر، عبر حياة جديدة يعيشها في البرتغال، في فندق ومن ثم في شقة يحصل عليها بعدما تضيق عليه السلطات البرتغالية قليلا ً،
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Cat
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read a book by Saramago I feel sad because he is no longer among us, to delight us with his writing, and that feels terrible. I felt this once more while reading this book, and I think I will feel it when I read the books I haven't read yet.

Having said this, I had a wonderful time reading this book. Basically it tells what happens when Ricardo Reis, one of Fernando Pessoa's heteronyms, returns to Lisbon after sixteen years living in Brazil. There is a revolution in that country, Rei
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Luís C.
Difficult to "fit" into the novel without some clarification especially on the work of Pessoa who Saramago leave here a tribute: Pessoa had the distinction of creating not only the novel characters but also of the authors of who the heteronyms which he exchange with, who he berates that protects and make full advantage of his work indeed the writer from his first texts demonstrates an appetite for madness schizophrenia and personalities than double this meeting imagine by Saramago between Pessoa ...more
Patrizia
L'ho letto con insolita lentezza, assaporando riga dopo riga, soffermandomi sulle parole e seguendo suggestioni, rimandi e richiami. Ho letto le odi di Ricardo Reis, per ritrovarle tra i pensieri del protagonista di questo uno e mille libri al tempo stesso (come Pessoa?).
Già l'incipit, bellissimo, "Qui il mare finisce e la terra comincia", crea quell'atmosfera indefinita, sospesa tra sogno e realtà, che caratterizza l'intero romanzo. Una città reale, Lisbona, che l'acqua dell'oceano, del fiume e
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Ratko
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Величнствено!
Омаж Лисабону, Португалу, Фернанду Песои. Уживао сам у читању.
Многа питања се покрећу овде, питања (узалудности) живота и смрти, морала, патриотизма, свега осталог што чини једно постојање или оно што се постојањем зове.
Иако захтева и познавање одређених чињеница из португалске историје и културе, и поред тога, може се сасвим уживати у овом роману.

П. С. Посебна похвала за преводиоца - Јасмину Нешковић. Сасвим је пренет дух Сарамагове реченице; превод је потпуно течан са изузетно пре
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Voja
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, drama, favorites
Oster je, ako me pamćenje dobro služi, u jednom intervju izneo tezu da se svaki pisac bavi jednom do tri teme kroz ceo svoj opus uz niz varijacija, što mislim da nije daleko od istine. Računajući i ovu, pročitao sam 6 knjiga od Saramaga koji i kroz ovaj roman indirektno provlači teme koje ga opsedaju - smrt i bog. A ja, premda ne verujem u boga(zbog čega i volim to što kroz svako delo "pecka" božanstvo) verujem u Saramaga - u to da će me svaki put zadiviti načinom na koji piše. U ovom delu, pose ...more
Luís Paz da silva
Em 1988, uma das curvas apertadas da vida (serviço militar), desaguou-me em Mafra. Pareceu-me, então, ser uma excelente altura para, lendo o Memorial do Convento, iniciar-me em Saramago de quem tanto ouvira e nada houvera lido - e o muito que ouvira era essencialmente político e pouco abonatório. Adiante.
Não consegui terminar as andanças de Blimunda e Baltasar Sete-Sóis: habituado a outros cânones literários (Steinbeck, Hemingway, então os meus faróis), o estilo de Saramago era-me desconfortáve
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Sarah saied
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
سيأتي يوم ينكرونك فيه مائة مرة..ويوم آخر ستكون أنت من يتمني ذلك فيه..

رواية هي من أقسي ما قرأت لساراماجو...
Simona
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non è mai facile per me raccontare ciò che Saramago è in grado di regalarmi e darmi, ma questa volta cercherò di valicare il confine delle emozioni e essere più razionale possibile per parlare di questo libro.
"Qui dove il mare è finito e la terra attende" si narra la storia di Ricardo Reis, uno degli eteronimi dietro cui si cela la figura di Fernando Pessoa. Saramago introduce la figura di Ricardo Reis presentandoci un medico-poeta che ha vissuto per ben 16 anni in Brasile e che giunge sulle cos
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ifjuly
Mar 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
this book is so beautifully written it hurts. it made me promptly go out and read other saramago, but nothing (including blindness) has compared yet (i'm going to read baltasar and blimunda soon...). and the meta pomo on top of pomo backbone with pessoa and multiple character identities inhabiting books and wandering around in them, breathing and really walking around having lives and tributes inside other tributes, is ! pretty much perfect, i say.
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
My first book by Joselito Saramago, 1998 Nobel Prize winner for literature.

Ricardo Reis, a middle-aged poet and doctor of medicine, left Portugal sixteen years ago for Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) but has decided to come back after learning about the death of his friend, the poet Fernando Pessoa. At Lisbon, he stayed in a hotel and met a chamber maid named Lydia. They began an affair. After cleaning his room, Lydia cleans him too, using her natural juices as water and her body as a mop.

Occasional te
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Marisa Fernandes
Antes de dar a minha perspectiva sobre este livro, gostava de fazer notar que a mesma respeita apenas Saramago enquanto escritor e enquanto autor de "O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis".
Comecei a ler este livro depois do Natal e devo dizer que foi uma excelente companhia nestes dias. Ele esperou cerca de três anos na estante que chegasse a sua vez... Sem perder a paciência e mantendo-se sempre de pé com a capa bem visivel.
Dos três heterónimos de Pessoa de que habitualmente se fala, Ricardo Reis co
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Vit Babenco
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Films, like poetry, are the art of illusion, by adjusting a mirror you can transform a bog into the ocean.”
This simple comparison really bares the soul of poetry – just shift a little bit a vantage point and the whole world will be seen in a new marvellous light.
“A poet does not ask that his muses speak, only that they exist, Neaera, Lydia, Chloe.”
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis is much more than just a tribute to a great poet – it is a resurrection of one poet in the mind of the other.
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Inês
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
É do conhecimento público que eu adoro Saramago, é provavelmente o meu escritor preferido. Ainda assim, este livro é demasiado para mim. Ou eu sou demasiado pequena para ele. Vamos precisar de nos reencontrar daqui a uma ou duas dezenas de anos.
Espero que ele esteja igual.
Espero que eu esteja mais sábia.

«Sempre vivi só, Também eu, mas a solidão não é viver só, a solidão é não sermos capazes de fazer companhia a alguém ou a alguma coisa que está dentro de nós, a solidão não é uma árvore no meio
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Madalena
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A escrita de Saramago, embora diferente e não muito apelativa à primeira leitura, é uma escrita de se louvar. A história em si é genial; quem pensaria em contar os acontecimentos deste ano tão cheio de acontecimentos e ao mesmo tempo provocar uma das facetas de Pessoa? Só Saramago, mesmo.
Sandra
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, portogallo
E’ il 30 dicembre 1935. A Lisbona, proveniente dal Brasile, sbarca un medico e poeta, Ricardo Reis, che manca dal Portogallo da 16 anni, un uomo in realtà mai esistito se non nella fantasia di Fernando Pessoa, morto il 30 novembre1935. Reis e Pessoa: un personaggio finto, uno scrittore inventato da un altro scrittore, morto da un mese. Ecco due dei protagonisti del romanzo di Saramago, due fantasmi, uno è un fantasma della mente dell’altro, che è un fantasma vero. Niente altro che finzioni, spet ...more
Jonathan
A strange, dreamy book that is as much about how life fades into death as early 20th Century Portuguese history. Saramago's voice dominates every page of the work to the extent that it seems to be a monologue about a fictional figure and not a novel in the traditional sense. Reis, the main character -- other than the narrator -- was a pseudonym used by the poet Fernando Pessoa, and here Saramago imagines his return to Portugal on the occasion of his creator's death after 16 years in Brazil. It w ...more
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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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“A solidão não é viver só, a solidão é não sermos capazes de fazer companhia a alguém ou a alguma coisa que está dentro de nós, a solidão não é uma árvore no meio duma planície onde só ela esteja, é a distância entre a seiva profunda e a casca, entre a folha e a raiz.” 46 likes
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