About the Author
JOS SARAMAGO (1922-2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasar and Blimunda, and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. MARGARET JULL COSTA has established herself as the premier translator of Portuguese literature into English today.
"The opening pages of this posthumously published memoir of early childhood by Saramago are rapturously enthralling..."
"The memories are not only small and immediate, vignettes with a sense of being interjected rather than relayed, but told with the immediacy of a child's gaze, so very different from an adult's reflection...[An] homage to Saramago's family and homeland, but also...the endlessly renewable life of the mind."
--The Independent (UK)
"A great memoir...a tapestry of reminiscences stitched together haphazardly but with his usual irresistible charm... These are fragments of emotion and sensuous recollection that together poignantly conjure a distant childhood."
--Metro.co.uk"A moving account of his childhood and adolescence"
(UK)"I'll admit to having wept at the close of two of Saramago's novels, but his tale here is a gentler, more elegiac one. Small memories, perhaps, but a small masterpiece, too."
--The Business Post
(Ireland)"The Master of Lisbon shows the grandeur of small things recollected in this refulgent memoir."
--Mail & Guardian
(South Africa) "In Small Memories
, Saramago examines the richness of his early experiences, taking pleasure in writing his past as the work of the man that he finally became."
--World Literature Today