The chronicles say everything (and probably more than the work that came after) what I am as a person, as a sensitivity, as a perception of things, as an understanding of the world: all of this is in the chronicles
2018 (1st edition at Porto Editora; 9th edition)
The calligraphy on the cover is by journalist Adelino Gomes.
«A set of chronicles by José Saramago, published for the first time in the evening A Capital (1969) and in the mythical Jornal do Fundão (1971-1972). A fluid writing to talk about “rockets and tears” or “man's best friend”. And “when I died facing the sea”. To tell us about your taste for museums and old stones. To tell us that “there is nothing more alive than the watercolor by Albrecht Dürer”. To answer that: "If anyone asks me what time is, I immediately declare my ignorance: I don't know." There are more than 60 chronicles, short stories on varied themes and, in appearance, innocent, since the current censorship did not allow for great audacity. Although among the subtleties of language some barbs can be found."
Diário de Notícias, October 9, 1998