“The inklings of Saramago’s style swell throughout . . . Skylight shines.” — New York Times “Unmistakably Saramago . . . There is no shortage of wonders to be found in [Skylight].” — Washington Post   “A fascinating and startlingly mature work . . . The book is a gem.” — Boston Globe   Lisbon, late 1940s. The inhabitants of a faded apartment building are struggling to make ends meet: Silvio the cobbler and his wife take in a disaffected young lodger; Dona Lídia, a retired prostitute, is kept by a businessman with a roving eye. Humble salesman Emilio’s Spanish wife is in a permanent rage; beautiful Claudinha’s boss lusts for her; Justina and her womanizer husband live at war with each other. Happy marriages, abusive relationships, jealousy, gossip, love—Skylight is a portrait of ordinary people painted by the master of the quotidian, a great observer of the immense beauty and profound hardship of the modern world.   “The gifted young Saramago makes these characters click together in a way that's extremely sympathetic.” — NPR, All Things Considered   “It was only a matter of time before a work of such extraordinary honesty and perception would make its way into the world.” — San Francisco Chronicle

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