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Publisher's Summary

Senhor Jose is a low-grade clerk in the city's Central Registry, where the living and the dead share the same shelf space. A middle-aged bachelor, he has no interest in anything beyond the certificates of birth, marriage, divorce, and death that are his daily routine. But one day, when he comes across the records of an anonymous young woman, something happens to him. Obsessed, Senior Jose sets off to follow the thread that may lead him to the woman-but as he gets closer, he discovers more about her, and about himself, than he would ever have wished.

The loneliness of people's lives, the effects of chance, the discovery of love - all coalesce in this extraordinary novel that displays the power and art of Jose Saramago in brilliant form.

©1997 Jose Saramago (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Alternately farcical, macabre, surreal and tragic, this mesmerizing narrative depicts the loneliness of individual lives and the universal need for human connection even as it illuminates the fine line between the living and the dead." (Publishers Weekly)
"This haunting, strangely moving novel is uplifting despite the tragic nature of the woman's life; Saramago's true theme here is how compassion ultimately rules human behavior." (Booklist)

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  • ron
  • philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 02-20-12

effortless abstract conections

If you could sum up All the Names in three words, what would they be?

jose is a natural writer, he has the rare ability to connect words into the breath of actuality.in this rather dry setting,and contained life of the main character, he serves us all the names, the issues, that frame consciousness.

Who was your favorite character and why?

the dead teacher...

What about A. C. Fellner’s performance did you like?

excellent

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the whole book in every detail is the cage of consciousness. and the fight to penetrate the paradox of its consequences

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