Small Memories
Small Memories
A Memoir
Translated by Margaret Jull Costa

Shifting back and forth between childhood and his teenage years, between Azinhaga and Lisbon, this is a mosaic of memories, a simply told, affecting look into the author's boyhood: the tragic death of his older brother at the age of four; his mother pawning the family’s blankets every spring and buying them back in time for winter; his beloved grandparents bringing the weaker piglets into their bed on cold nights; and Saramago’s early encounters with literature, from teaching himself to read by deciphering articles in the daily newspaper, to poring over an entertaining dialogue in a Portuguese-French conversation guide, not realizing that he was in fact reading a play by Molière.

Written with Saramago’s characteristic wit and honesty, Small Memories traces the formation of an artist fascinated by words and stories from an early age who emerged, against all odds, as one of the world’s most respected writers.

Title Small Memories
Subtitle A Memoir
Author José Saramago
Translated by Margaret Jull Costa
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Title First Published 01 May 2012
Format Paperback
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 0547752636
ISBN-13 9780547752631
Publication Date 01 May 2012
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $13.95

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