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Manual Of Painting And Calligraphy: A Novel

by Jose Saramago
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Product Details

  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
  • Publishing date: 28/09/1995
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9781857542035
  • ISBN: 1857542037


By the author of "Baltasar and Blimunda". The last years of Salazar's dictatorship provide a backdrop for this novel. The story is told by H, a second-rate artist commissioned by a wealthy client to paint a family portrait. As he works, he reflects on his struggles to survive in a bourgeois world.

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  • An essay about the blindness of realistic representation
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    A story about a painter of portraits or a portrait of the Author in search of his own image, Manual of Painting and Calligraphy is a strategic book for anyone interested in learning more about history of art in general and about the author's criative process in particular, while enjoying a pleasant narrative. Trying to avoid the conventional act of mirroring, José Saramago - who is responsible, among others, for the overcome of literary neorealism in Portugal - criates, as the title reveals, not only a novel nor a diary, but a treatise about the blindness of realistic representation. Writing through the eyes of a painter who paints through the hands of a writer, Saramago explores the boundaries between the so-called sister arts, talking about the urge of imagination in nowadays world, and building up for himself and for his readers an interesting and instigating portrait of the artist as the author of the invisible. Ermelinda Ferreira (

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