While the First and Second World Wars rumble on in the background, João Mau-Tempo suffers the suicide of his father, a drunken cobbler, followed by hardship as his mother tries to make ends meet in a society where the landowners are all-powerful and the life of a hired hand is unremittingly harsh. As communist ideas start to spread among the labourers, João becomes politicised, but ends up being imprisoned. Nevertheless, the novel ends with optimism as, in a May Day revolution, the workers take over the land and form cooperatives.
Highly political yet full of Saramago's characteristic humour and humanity, this is a novel as full of love as it is of pain. It is a vivid, moving tribute to the men and women among whom Saramago lived as a child, and a fascinating insight into the early work of this literary giant.
|Produto sob encomenda||Sim|
|Ano da edição||2012|
|Número de Páginas||224|
|Autor||Saramago, José; Saramago,Jose|