The History of the Siege of Lisbon

The History of the Siege of Lisbon

Book - 1996
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A proofreader in a publishing house changes a word in a manuscript to make a history book read that a 12th Century battle was strictly a Portuguese victory, rather than a joint victory with the Crusaders. Instead of being fired the proofreader is commissioned to develop the idea into a novel. A study in historical revisionism
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace, c1996
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780151002382
015100238X
Characteristics: 314 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Pontiero, Giovanni
Alternative Title: História do cerco de Lisboa

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lukasevansherman
Dec 20, 2013

Nobel laureate Jose Saramago's novel about a humble proofreader working on a medieval history book has echoes of the erudite, meta-fictions of Salman Rushdie, Borges and especially Umberto Eco.

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