All the NamesBook - 2000
Baker & Taylor
When a clerk in the Central Registry discovers a stray unfiled birth certificate, he decides to investigate the identity of the woman--the first step in an obsession that will lead him to her.
Blackwell North Amer
Senhor Jose is a low-grade clerk in the city's Central Registry, where the living and the dead share the same shelf space. A middle-aged bachelor, he has no interest in anything beyond the certificates of birth, marriage, divorce, and death that are his daily preoccupations. In the evenings and on weekends, he works on bringing up to date his clipping file of the famous, the rising stars, the notorious. But when he comes across the birth certificate of an anonymous young woman, he decides that this cannot have been mere chance, that he has to discover more about her.
Under the increasingly mystified eye of the Registrar, a godlike figure whose name is spoken only in whispers, the now obsessed Senhor Jose sets off to follow the thread that leads him to the unknown woman - but as he gets closer to a meeting with her, he discovers more about her, and about himself, than he would have wished.
When a drone in the Central Registry discovers a stray unfiled birth certificate, he decides to investigate the identity of the woman--the first step in an obsession that will lead him to her. 75,000 first printing.
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In a grotesque, fascist, soulless place, an unlikely hero exerts the power of love with the sparsest of reasons. Saramago exerts a path of descriptions, so that the reader can fall in love with a stranger too, knowing just how far our powerful hearts will go to connect and maybe love. A challenging read for anyone that doesn't habitually love strangers. The fireworks have to come from inside the reader not the text.
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