Don Giovanni or The Dissoluted Absolved
My Don Giovanni starts where Lorenzo da Ponte's ends, it is somehow complementary to his. And the question that constitutes the starting point of my novels – “What if the Iberian Peninsula separated from Europe? What if Plato's cave was under a shopping mall?» – is also found in this piece: "What if Don Giovanni hadn't fallen into hell?" Having asked the question, the essential question, the conclusions emerge almost spontaneously
2018 (1st edition at Porto Editora; 2nd edition)
The calligraphy on the cover is by the composer Alexandre Delgado
Based on Mozart's opera Don Giovanni or The Dissolute Punished in which Don Giovanni is condemned to hell for having seduced 2065 women, José Saramago, in Don Giovanni or The Dissolute Absolved, reanalyses the myth: is Don Giovanni guilty? And the Commander, and Dona Ana, and Dona Elvira, and Don Octávio? Will they be a model of virtues? Where is the blame? Where is the virtue? Where is the hypocrisy?