Books Seven and Eight 2013, Manual de Pintura y Caligrafía and Todos los Nombres

When I first decided to make the 50 book list for this year the idea of making progress with the very extensive bibliography of nobel prize winning author José Saramago was priority number one.

The list contains five books, from which this two books are number three and number four.

That leaves only one left to read. Claraboya

As always Saramago explores the hidden magical essence of even the simplest things.

In “Manual de Pintura y Caligrafía” the stories follows the inner-thoughts of a mediocre painter. A rebel in heart living of making portrait for the social elite. Tired of painting worthless art, he focus on capturing his views on a journal with some beautiful calligraphy.

In ” Todos los nombres” our story focus on a clerk of the Central Registry of  Births, Marriages and Deaths who only things beside work is collecting clips from papers and magazines of famous people. One day going thru some files of this famous persons, by accident, takes a file of a regular person, a women . He becomes infatuated with this enigmatic  woman and starts a journey to find out more about her.

Two very different books exploring the same thematic of human obsession of finding something worth sacrificing yourself over.

So that’s 5,479 pages down, 44,263 pages to go

Total pages 117,059 pages

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