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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  12,462 ratings  ·  988 reviews
Tertuliano Maximo Afonso is a history teacher in a secondary school. He is divorced, involved in a rather one-sided relationship with a bank clerk, and he is depressed. To lift his depression, a colleague suggests he rent a certain video. Tertuliano watches the film and is unimpressed. During the night, noises in his apartment wake him. He goes into the living room to find ...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published October 4th 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (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:
Justin It depends on your tastes. The book is very different from the movie, so there's no reason you need to limit yourself to one or the other.

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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.

Steven Godin
The thought of having a doppelgänger freaks me out, if I had one, I would rather not know. Even somebody bearing a strong resemblance to one's self is weird enough, but an actual replica? with the same moles, the same scars, and the same voice. No thanks. I am me, and I want to keep it that way. If only History professor Tertuliano Máximo Afonso returned the video tape to the shop and forgot all about what he witnessed on screen. But he couldn't, a curiosity built up inside him. Just who is that ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 29, 2007 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
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 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
Araz Goran
أظن أن الفكرة ليست جديدة في حد ذاتها ولكن ما كتبه ساراماجو هنا هو إعطاء العمق والتركيز الشديد والحساسية المكثفة لتلك الفكرة..
فكرة أن الآخر هو أنت ، أو أنك أنت هو الآخر أو العكس تماماً، أن شخصاً آخر على وجه الأرض يشبهك تماماً، بل مطابق لك في صورتك وصوتك ، يعيش كل منكما في عالم مختلف وحياة مختلفة ، لكن الصورة هي ذاتها والتشابه عجيب إلى أن لا شيء يميز أحدهما عن الآخر..

فكرة مخيفة ومفزعة، ليس من ناحية يترتب عليها فقط، بل حتى في كونها حالة من عدم التقبل والخوف والجنون الذي يمكن ان يصيب الشخص في حال ح
May 28, 2009 rated it it was ok

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
(review in English below)

Depois de ter visto o filme baseado neste livro (Enemy, realizado por Denis Villeneuve e protagonizado por Jake Gyllenhaal), tinha mesmo de o ler, até porque a história não me parecia nada "saramaguiana".

A verdade é que o filme é bastante fiel ao livro (com algumas adaptações à actualidade, como o uso da internet), embora inclua alguns elementos não presentes neste (a questão das aranhas, relacionada com o papel das mulheres). O final do filme é deixado mais em aberto do
Ahmad Sharabiani
O Homem Duplicado = The Double, José Saramago
The Double (Portuguese: O Homem Duplicado) is a 2002 novel by Portuguese author José Saramago, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature. In Portuguese, the title is literally "The Duplicated Man." It was translated into English and published as The Double in 2004. Tertuliano Máximo Afonso is a divorced high school history teacher who spends his nights reading about Mesopotamian civilizations. One day Tertuliano rents a movie recommended by a colleague an
Maria Soares
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Diz-se que só odeia o outro quem a si mesmo se odiar, mas o pior de todos os ódios deve ser aquele que leva a não suportar a igualdade do outro, e provavelmente será ainda pior se essa igualdade vier a ser alguma vez absoluta"

Que livro. Havendo mil e uma interpretações possíveis e pessoais, que influenciarão certamente a opinião que cada um terá, tenho a dizer que se tornou num dos meus preferidos do autor. A acção é muito rápida, o que me surpreendeu. No entanto, a escrita de Saramago mantém-s
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Como somnífero está entre las mejores novelas, me dije después de dos horas de sueño vespertino provocado por una disertación entre Tertuliano y el sentido común. Primera vez que leo a Saramago. No estaba al tanto de su estilo: oraciones infinitas, entradas de dialogo después de una coma y una mayúscula, párrafos que se prolongan durante decenas y decenas de páginas... Alguien me recomendó el autor, el título de la novela me pareció interesante y decidí comenzar a leerlo por aquí.

Estuve a punto
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, lusófona
Que. Livro. Jesus amado... Em O Homem Duplicado, Saramago conta-nos a história de um professor de história que, ao ver um filme, descobre a existência de um actor que é seu semelhante em tudo, até ao mais pequeno sinal.
Do espanto e confusão, ao medo; da curiosidade à obsessão; das escolhas feitas às consequências, somos guiados numa história que questiona a identidade do ser humano: Quem somos nós quando deixamos de ser únicos?
Ps: tem um epílogo brutalissimo. Talvez o melhor que li este ano.
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Esra M.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daha önceden okuduğum ve çok sevdiğim Jose Saramago kitaplarında ana konu toplum,siyaset,din eleştirileriydi. Yazar bu kitabın merkezine ise insanı oturtuyor ve insan psikolojisi hakkında da yetkinliğini kanıtlıyor. Bilinç akışı, kara mizah ve gerilim son sayfaya kadar bize eşlik ediyor. İkili diyalogların sadece virgülle ayrılması okuyucuyu hep diri tutuyor. Bu yazım şeklinin Saramago'nun okurlarından beklediği bir sorumluluk olduğunu düşünüyorum. Her şeye kafa tutan adam okuyucusuna da aynı şe ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simdi bu kitapta benim icin 5 yildizin yetmedigi kitaplardan biri oldu. Bir kere Saramago'yu artik tanidim. Bazi kitaplari var ki; hikaye on planda, "Körluk" gibi. Her ne kadar bir Tuna Kiremtci olmasada(!) vasatin ustu bir edebiyatla mesaj kaygisi gutmeden sadece hikayeyi anlatip gectigi kitaplar var. Her kitap insana birseyler katar ancak bu gibi kitaplar ancak tamamini okuyup bitirince bir anlam kazaniyor.
Bir de klasik Saramago diyebilecegimiz, ona özgü, bir sayfa bile degil bir paragraf okus
Silvia Sirea
Jul 19, 2016 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
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Yalnız yaşamak, bünyesi alıngan, kırılgan ve esneklikten uzak olan kişiler için cezaların en ağırıdır, fakat ne kadar fena olursa olsun böyle bir durumun insana kriz geçirten ve saç baş yolduran bir dramaya dönüştüğü oldukça nadir görülür. İnsanı şaşırtmayacak denli sık görülen bir durumsa, insanların kendilerini yalnızlığın kılı kırk yaran titizliğine sabırla bırakmalarıdır. "

"Yine de insanların en hassas zaaflarını alaycı bir kahkahayla kınayan, güçlü insanlar, hayatta er ya da geç, mutlaka k
Hugo Emanuel
Oct 23, 2012 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
mai ahmd
Dec 28, 2011 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 !

Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, releituras
Segunda releitura do projecto - "Uma releitura por mês".
Sendo uma admiradora confessa e ferrenha do "meu" Saramaguinho, consigo ter discernimento suficiente para comparar as suas obras e "classificá-las" segundo os meus gostos e exigências. Gostei muito, muito mesmo desta releitura, contudo falta-lhe alguma coisa para ser dona do brilhantismo e da magistralidade de Memorial do Convento ou Ensaio sobre a cegueira.
Em breve direi porquê. Adianto apenas que o final é soberbo!!!

Opinião completa aqui:
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nobel-winners
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
Vladislav Radak
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Sep 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Me ha encantado. Historia intrigante e inquietante más que por el hecho en sí de encontrar a alguien idéntico a ti, por las reflexiones desprendidas por Saramago a partir de eso. Destaco las apariciones del sentido común, son geniales.

Comentar que la adaptación cinematográfica de esta novela, Enemy, aunque muy libre, mantiene ese tono inquietante con mucho acierto y es una de esas pocas, poquísimas, veces en que me cuesta decir si me ha gustado más el libro o la peli. Recomiendo ambas altamente.
Mitra Arianfar
Feb 15, 2016 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؟
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
of of of. necə ustaca qurulmuşdu. həm təhkiyə, həm nəqlolunma biçimi. plyus da dahiyanə final. saramagodan hələ heç nə oxumayanlar üçün pizdes başlanğıc olar. arada müəllifin temaya qonub oxucuynan söhbət eləməsi də var; tertuliano kaset mağazasından çıxıb evə gəlir, saramago araya girib yazır ki, ənənəvi romançılıq üsullarına görə biz indi tertulianonun evə gələnə qədərki müddətdə ağlından keçən düşüncələri yazmalıyıq, amma naxuy boş şeylərdi. homerin illiadasına göndərmələr eləyir, özü də bunu ...more
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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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.

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