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Jos Saramago: History, Utopia, and the Necessity of Error

Jos Saramago: History, Utopia, and the Necessity of Error
  

Making use of insights from Gramsci, Walter Benjamin, and Marcuse, among others, Mark Sabine argues that Saramago sought to engage his reader with a skeptical but vibrant utopianism: teaching us to abandon absolutes and embrace error as inevitable, and, indeed, even necessary.

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ISBN 9781781884539
Barcode 9781781884539
Published 19 December 2016 by Legenda
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Sabine, Mark
Series Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures (part: 23)
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ISBN-13 9781781884539
ISBN-10 1781884536
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Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Legenda
Imprint Legenda
Publication Date 19 December 2016
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Sabine, Mark
Series Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures (part: 23)
Category Literary Studies: General
Family, Home & Self Help
Number of Pages 292
Dimensions Width: 170mm
Height: 244mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 662g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Saramago, Josae - Criticism and interpretation, Saramago, Josae, Criticism, interpretation, etc
NBS Text Literary Criticism
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 869.342
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Although best known internationally for his 'allegorical' novels such as Blindness (1995), in his native Portugal, JosE Saramago remains most acclaimed for his earlier, richly poetic 'historical' novels. This new study of five of these works focuses on JosE Saramago's engagement with political and social philosophy from across Europe, so as to track his commitment to libertarian socialism in an era of neo-liberal economics and disillusion. Though deeply pessimistic about human being's capacity to deliver social justice, Saramago never abandons the progressive cause. Making use of insights from Gramsci, Walter Benjamin, and Marcuse, among others, this study argues that Saramago sought to engage his reader with a skeptical but vibrant utopianism: teaching us to abandon absolutes and embrace error as inevitable, and, indeed, even necessary. From this post-humanist perspective, humanity becomes understood as ongoing project rather than essence, challenging individuals to strive for self-knowledge and reinvention. Mark Sabine is Lecturer in Lusophone Studies at the University of Nottingham.

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