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The Second Life of Francis of Assisi

The Second Life of Francis of Assisi
1987

In this second life, he learned some lessons and appears to fight poverty. It is poverty that must be eliminated from the world. Poverty is not holy. So many centuries to understand this. poor Francis

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The Second Life of Francis of Assisi

2018 (1st edition at Porto Editora; 4th edition)


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The calligraphy on the cover is by the theologian Frei Bento Domingues.

Porto Editora publishes on June 21 a new edition of The Second Life of Francisco de Assis, a dramatic text by José Saramago about capitalism, bosses, politics, elections, the stock market, the valuations and devaluations of products and people.

In this book, originally published in 1987, St. Francis of Assisi returns to a second life and finds his Order transformed into a large and profitable enterprise. “In this second life, he learned some lessons and appears to be fighting poverty. “It is poverty that must be eliminated from the world,” he says. Once again Saramago uses irony to make his criticisms. “Poverty is not holy. So many centuries to understand this. Poor Francisco.”» (Diário de Notícias, 9 October 1998)