Saramago's Labyrinths: A Journey Through Form and Content in Blindness and All the Names

Rhian Atkin

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book


Saramago’s labyrinths is the first book-length study to focus on the relationship between form and the content in Saramago’s writing, paying particular attention to Ensaio sobre a Cegueira (Blindness) and Todos os Nomes (All the Names). Atkin provides a close textual analysis of Blindness and All the Names, and suggests that the labyrinth pervades Saramago’s work, both in the form of the text, and as a literary and philosophical trope. She makes clear connections between these novels and Saramago’s other literary works, and identifies ways in which Saramago causes the reader to return to and consider the philosophical, epistemological and ethical concerns and dilemmas that are recurrent in his literary output. Atkin’s jargon-free approach to Saramago’s complex ideas, and her thorough understanding of Portuguese history, culture and society, make this an accessible yet challenging guide to Saramago’s fiction, for undergraduate and postgraduate students and scholars with or without prior knowledge of the Portuguese context.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages176
ISBN (Print)9780719086304
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameDurham Modern Languages Series
PublisherManchester University Press


  • Saramago, Labyrinth, Narratology, Blindness, All the Names, Portuguese Literature


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