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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  648 ratings  ·  83 reviews
يضم هذا الكتاب بين دفتيه مذكرات العام الأخير من حياة (خوزيه ساراماغو)، الروائي والمسرحي والصحفي البرتغالي الحائز على جائزة نوبل في الآداب. مؤلف رواية (العمى) التي تُرجمت إلى معظم اللغات العالمية ومنها العربية. والتي كرسته كواحدًا من أكثر مثقفي العالم شهرة وذلك قبل وفاته عام ٢٠١٠
تغطي هذه المذكرات الفترة الممتدة من أيلول ٢٠٠٨ إلى آب ٢٠٠٩ وفيها نجد (ساراماغو) شاهدًا على أهم ا
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Paperback, الطبعة الأولى, 363 pages
Published 2014 by دال للنشر والتوزيع (first published January 1st 2008)
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Fionnuala
When blogging comes to be considered a serious literary form, the blog José Saramago wrote regularly throughout 2008/2009 will surely be up there with the finest examples of the art.

He began the blog in his eighty-sixth year after he’d recovered from a serious illness - he’d been officially pronounced dead the previous year - and so, naturally, the pieces he writes are pervaded with an awareness of death, his own or those of the many friends whose passing he mourns during the year or so he maint
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Sookie
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a mish-mash of memoir, biography and nostalgia. He writes in a world where there is both restriction and abundant means to write. Saramago decided to blog and "The Notebook" is its output.

Occasionally sad, oddly nostalgic, strangely whimsical, Saramago mourns for his fallen peers and celebrates their art. We see the day-to-day world through his eyes with tear inducing politics and unfathomable people. The writing is collection of perceptions on humanity through the eyes of an artist
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Claudia
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Just 400 ratings, compared to 120k ratings for Blindness . Readers, you don’t know what you’re missing…

If you like Saramago, the author, you’ll love Saramago, the man, after reading this collection of thoughts. I’m standing here trying to find the right words to describe the man he was but I can’t.

The blog texts are random thoughts which cover a lot of topics and events from those seven months and not only: literature, human and animal rights, social life, abuse, war, economics and yes, politi
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Grady
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
José Saramago: Ave atque Vale

One of the century's finest writers has died. José Saramago was an author who began writing late in life but in the time he wrote he managed to share with the world some very disturbing thoughts and yet at the same time make those disturbing thoughts into very beautiful literature. Few who have read BLINDNESS, ALL THE NAMES, SEEING, DEATH WITH INTERRUPTIONS, THE DOUBLE, to name but a few of his works, will ever forget the impact his writing had/has on us. This book T
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jeremy
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, translation
i am generally described as pessimistic. in spite of how i might formerly have appeared, and the emphasis i usually accord my radical skepticism as to the possibility of any effective and substantive improvement in our species regarding what used to be known as moral progress, i would actually prefer to be optimistic, even if only to retain a hope that the sun, having risen every day up until today, will also rise tomorrow. and so it will, but there will also be a day when it no longer rises.

for
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Jeruen
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another one of those times in which I decided to branch out of fiction and try reading non-fiction for a while. And due to the fact that Saramago is one of my favorite authors, I would perhaps more than gladly read anything that comes out with his name on it. I think I have enough data points to base my decision that if it is written by him, then it must be good.

So apparently, from September 2008 to August 2009, Saramago's wife Pilar del Rio told him to write a blog. So he went online an
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Rhea
Mar 30, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is a good day - a new book from Saramago. I don't even care that it isn't a novel - I'd read his address book if he cared to publish it. ;-)
Deborah Schuff
I love this man. He is soo humane and caring and intelligent. I learned a great deal about Spanish and Portuguese history, politics, and literature just from reading his musings. He will be greatly missed.
Luís C.
Lisbon Book-Fair 2016.
Jackson Cyril
Saramago's reflections on life, politics and his contemporaries. Worth reading.
Zooha
Apr 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Its full of shit
Krista Stevens
Jan 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Loved his novel Blindness - this was too obscure for me to finish.
Kim
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a new favorite book. By the same author as my previous favorite, but a new Number One just the same.
Paul
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seems a long time ago now I read The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, over the top of which I struggled for a good long while before I broke through the prose into a rich and sumptuously described Lisbon. Most of Saramago’s translated books followed Ricardo Reis and each did their bit to elevate him to the position of my favourite author. His unique style, delightfully described by Umberto Eco in his foreward, ‘This man who is so careful with punctuation that he makes it disappear altogethe ...more
Linda
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
In 2008, Portuguese journalist and novelist José Saramago was encouraged by his wife Pilar del Rio to begin a blog, in which he would record his opinions, thoughts and commentary on various subjects as they came to mind over the course of a year. The Nobel Prize for Literature recipient undertook the request and The Notebook is the result.

The first entry is a love letter of sorts, which Saramago had written a few years earlier, to his beloved capitol Lisbon. From there the collection of some 2
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Christopher Rex
Everybody enjoys rants and ramblings from Good Old Grandpa - they're humorous, bitter, senile, informative, witty and all over the map. This is especially true if Good Old Grandpa is Jose Saramago. The world lost a tremendous voice when he passed, even if this book does not fully display his talents. The problem here (for me) is the high expectations I hold for this author and, well, blogging is simply not his forte. While some passages are very interesting and highly thought-provoking, others a ...more
Don
A year's worth of blogs from the Nobel-laurate Jose Saramgo. He seems to have spent a fair bit of time during this - a year in which he was at the age of 86 - travelling to prize-giving or commemorative events which gives him lots of time to pontificate about the pleasures of knowing such-and-such, a great man or woman of Portuguese or Spanish letters.

My absence of knowledge about Hispanic/Lusitanian literature dimmed a lot of the interest I might have otherwise had in his essays. I'm afraid I
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George
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whether discussing bankers ("the disdain with which they bite the hand that feeds them"), GW Bush ("expelled truth from the world"), atheism ("the planet would be a far more peaceful place if we were all atheists...I believe we would start reinventing philosophy"), Israel("I wonder whether the fact of their having suffered so much shouldn't be the best reason not to make others suffer") or whaterver else, Saramago is spot on. Take this example from the bit headed A (Financial) Crime against Huma ...more
Rick
Many great introductions to artists of whom I shamefully admit ignorance.

Entries I particularly enjoyed:
September 18, 25, 29, 30
October 2, 7, 8, 17, 23, 30
November 7, 18
January 7
February 10
March 12
April 7
May 7, 26, 27, 28, *29*
June 12, 29
July 2, 6, 7, 9, 17, 21
August 6, 7, 10, 11, 19, 27

People I need to learn more about, thanks to this book:
Jorge Amado
Carlos Fuentes
Judge Baltasar Garzón (The Torturer's Soul)
Kjell Espmark
Movie: Calle Santa Fe
Gervasio Sanchez (photographer: "Sarajevo")
Miguel Angel
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Hafidha
What to even say? It's Saramago. A collection of his blog posts kept (almost daily) for a year (2008-2009). He writes about Spain (where he lives), Portugal (where he is from), politics, poetry, solidarity, artists, visits to other places and his abiding longing for peace. He is wry as ever and full of indignation for what we humans tolerate. He is also full of great love and respect for those who endure. Such a wise man because his eyes and pen are honest, he doesn't need to lie to us or put a ...more
Steve Porter
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Portuguese Nobel Prize winner began blogging late in life at the ripe old age of 86. As you would expect from a blog the entries are pretty concise, making for an easier read than the normally dense texts of Saramago. The author’s blog deals mainly with his favourite topics – literature, politics and society. Saramago was a member of the Portuguese Communist Party right to the end and a strong supporter of other political causes such as a separate state for the Palestinians...

Go to http://st
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Aaron (Typographical Era)
It was originally Jose Saramago’s wife Pilar who suggested that he should try his hand at blogging, and for a time, beginning in 2008 and through most of 2009 he did just that, taking to the internet to share his thoughts and views on everything from politics to religion to favorite books. It’s these shorter, almost daily pieces that The Notebook translates and collects into one extremely interesting and at times highly thought provoking volume.

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laura saldarini
From the latest acts of office of George W. Bush to the excesses of the
Prime Minister of the Italian Republic.
From the financial crisis that has shaken the business in the West to
the controversy over Guantanamo.
From the Roberto Saviano's limited freedom to the recent bombing of the Gaza Strip:
"The Notebook" collects all the posts which Saramago's published on his internet blog
between september 2008 and march 2009.
Ed
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. I'm a big fan of Saramago's writing. I have read most of his fiction, and this, short-form, off-the-cuff thoughts on a variety of topics, was just as interesting. George W. Bush, Barack Obama, the world financial crisis, the pope, major religions and much on writers and writing. More overtly political, with scathing commentary, than I would have expected. This is one I'll definitely re-read along with his other works
Derek
Dec 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I will never not like Saramago - he has long been one of my favorites. However, while I liked many of these short pieces - he is never short of opinions, many of them quite barbed - it was difficult to hold my attention over the long haul with a different topic every other page. I still hold a preference for his long-form works.
Mike
Jan 07, 2011 marked it as am-i-going-to-finish-this  ·  review of another edition
Funny story about how I found this book...ask me about it sometime.

Started reading it early 2010. Just found out this week that he died in July 2010, all while I was reading his last publication. Sad. Especially considering how wonderful a writer he is/was.

Because of the book's format (daily Blog entries) I'm able to pick it up and put it down easily.
Eric
Nov 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Should have known that two "memoirs" in one season would be too many. At first bracing, Saramago's rants against Bush and Israel circa 2008-2009 become just that: rants. Otherwise some interesting observations here and there, but mostly minor and rarely engaging.
Jennifer
Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it with Wikipedia and Google nearby! I'm even sadder, now, that he's gone, because I loved learning 20th century European history and contemporary art and politics this way. I can't wait to read his other nonfiction book, Journey to Portugal.
Vasco
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book with Saramago's thoughts as time passes. Includes worldly events, politics, and personal things that will bring a tear to your eye. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
WndyJW
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, essays
Saramago's observations on the contemporary world. Very interesting.
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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 f
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