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Skylight by [Saramago, José, Costa, Margaret Jull]

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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2014: Anyone who has ever lived in an apartment building is familiar with the unique intimacy that such dwellings unintentionally provide. You may never see your upstairs neighbor, but you know that he wakes up at 6am sharp, grinds his coffee beans, and has a parrot that knows how to say a few choice curse words. Sometimes you know far more--stories pieced together by casual encounters in common areas, or bits of conversations overheard through too-thin walls...In the previously unpublished novel, Skylight, the late, great José Saramago gives us unfettered access to the lives of several tenants in a Lisbon apartment building in 1940—lives that intersect and sometimes clash in shocking ways. Saramago’s gift for penning well-drawn female characters is on full display here, as is his mastery of illuminating the extraordinary in the mundane. But Skylight is also a very philosophical novel in Saramago’s signature style, one in which the characters wrestle with profound questions, questions the reader will grapple with long after the last page is turned. –Erin Kodicek

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"Fluid and imaginative...[Skylight] is a masterly creation: pessimistic without being bleak, lyrical without being sentimental...Brilliantly structured, the novel contains moments of extraordinary poignancy...[Saramago] shows humanity at its most anxious, its most vulnerable and most true." —The Independent (UK)

"Not only does [Skylight] illuminate the slow development of a radically original artist, but it is an interesting novel in its own right...The explicit sexuality of the book (which may have kept it from being considered for publication in Salazar's Portugal in 1953) is remarkable now only because it is so compassionate...Moving from character to character, the loosely plotted story includes a good deal of mean-spirited evildoing, quite in the tradition of Balzac and the naturalists. It also includes dry humour, and at least one tranquil domestic scene revealed suddenly as almost visionary." —The Guardian (UK)

"Compelling...[Skylight] is shot through with more than enough flashes of brilliance to justify it seeing the light of day." —The National (UAE)

 

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  • File Size: 3343 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (December 2, 2014)
  • Publication Date: December 2, 2014
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HK3F5QY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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