All the Names

Author: José Saramago

As soon as you cross the threshold, you notice the smell of old paper. The Central Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths is the setting for All the Names, Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese author José Saramago’s seventh novel to be translated into English. The names in question are those of every man, woman, and child ever born, married, or buried in the unnamed city whe….Read More

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