Author(s): Jose Saramago
In 1936, Ricardo Reis, a doctor, returns to his native Lisbon after sixteen years in Brazil. Instead of receiving patients he spends hours walking the streets reciting poetry to himself, sometimes accompanied by the ghost of the Portuguese poet Pessoa. He longs for the unattainable Marcenda, but it is Lydia who shares his bed.
Jose Saramago was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature and is a winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Award.
Winner of Independent Foreign Fiction Award 1993.