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Lanzarote Notebooks IV

Lanzarote Notebooks IV
1996

Writing a diary is like looking into a trusting mirror, trained to transform simple good looks into beauty or, in the worst case, to make the utmost ugliness bearable. Nobody writes a diary to say who they are. In other words, a diary is a novel with a single character. In other words, and final, the central question always raised by this type of writing is, I believe, that of sincerity.

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Lanzarote Notebooks IV

2017 (1st edition at Porto Editora; 6th edition)


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Portuguese

The calligraphy on the cover is by the writer Nélida Piñon.

Once again Saramago counting the days on his fingers, and meditating on events, people, landscapes, politics. A whole year in a book — Diário IV — written in the harshness of Lanzarote, but where the world Saramago visits every day belongs, even if only through the news sent to him from thousands of places.

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