All the Names by José Saramago

All the Names

Senhor José 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 routine. But one day, when he comes across the records of an anonymous young woman, something happens to him. Obsessed, Senhor José sets off to follow the thread that may lead him to the w...

Details All the Names

TitleAll the Names
GenreFiction, Cultural, Portugal, European Literature, Portuguese Literature, Novels

Reviews All the Names

  • Petra X
    Generally when I write a review, I do it straight off and don't edit much. I start off with the idea of what I want to say about the book and it flows from there. But not this time. I also don't want to review the book(s) but just give my reactions to them. These are books that will be easily spoiled if you know too much about them before you read them.Firstly it was by accident I read Death with Interruptions first and then this one. That was fo...
  • Araz Goran
    هكذا هي بعض الروايات التي تُدخلك في حالة شك مع نفسك تسيطر بفكرتها على مخيلتك لعدة أيام وتضفي حالة من الهلع الساخر في داخلك،و تضيفك أيضاً إلى قائمة مجهولاتها وأسمائها التي تكتمت الرواية على جميعها سوى السيد " جوزيه " الذي يعمل في دائرة المحفوظات قسم ...
  • Amira Mahmoud
    أنت تعرف الاسم الذي أطلقوه عليك، لكنك لا تعرف الاسم الذي هو لك أين يُمكنك أن تجد كل الأسماء؟ كل الأسماء لأولئك الذين وُلدوا منهم والذين سيولدون؟ كل الأسماء لأولئك الأحياء منهم والأموات؟ أيّ موسوعة/كتاب/مجلد سيمكنه استيعاب كل الأسماء هذه مهما بلغت ...
  • BlackOxford
    Registered RedemptionMost of Saramago's themes are found here: death, the community of the living and the dead, the beautiful uncertainty and fluidity of language, the ultimately indecipherable complexity of human communication, identity, the search for meaning. He would probably have reacted harshly to the suggestion that he had created (perhaps 'outlined' is a better verb, but then again perhaps there is no adequate word at all) a sort of relig...
  • Greg
    Forward: I'm sorry José! You didn't need to give up the will to live just because I didn't like your writing style. Lots of people did like you. More people liked you than like me. Really! You shouldn't have cared so much about what I thought. Now I feel like an asshole for killing you. Fine. I guess I can live with that, but it was a real douche bag move, dying the week I write a bad review about you just to add to my excessive guilt complexes....
  • Michael Ferro
    What at first appears to be a simple story about a humdrum civil servant's odd fascination with an unknown woman quickly becomes a stunning exploration of loneliness, bureaucratic absurdity, and the purpose of a meaningful life. This is the first novel I've read by Nobel-winner Saramago, but it won't be the last. Part mystery, part existential cry from the ether, ALL THE NAMES takes on a life of its own as we follow the protagonist, José, a lowl...
  • Amr Mohamed
    ملل..ملل...مللللللل...مللمع احترامي لجميع اراء اصدقائي ، لأنى عارف انى الوحيد تقريبا اللى فى مصر والعالم مقييمها نجمةالرواية سيئة مملة اه ماشي ممكن فلسفية لكن ممكن تكون احسن من كدا بكتير ماهى العمى يعنى بردو مش مجرد قصة عن ناس اتصابوا بالعمي لأ بردو ...
  • Luís C.
    Memory of a book read a few minutes ago. Remnants of images, impressions. Remembering a book called All the Names, by the Portuguese writer José Saramago.Resting then in memory, the smell of old paper breathes Mr José, employee of the National Conservatory of civil status, archive where all the names of the living and the dead are kept. A word, an adjective is needed to read these pages: "Kafkaesque". It seems inevitable that word, as soon as i...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Todos os Nomes = All the names, José SaramagoAll the Names (Portuguese: Todos os nomes) is a novel by Portuguese author José Saramago. It was written in 1997 and translated to English in 1999 by Margaret Jull Costa winning the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه نوامبر سال 1999 میلادیعنوان: همه نام ها؛ نویسنده: ژوزه ساراماگو؛ مترجم: عباش پژم...
  • Amari
    simply gorgeous. a story of timidity and how a tiny seed of imagination and curiosity can transform a person and his life.i adore this one because there's no "love interest" and because of saramago's unbelievable ability to effortlessly pop breathtaking statements about humanity at the ends of long paragraphs. they seem like afterthoughts because of the way they're placed and articulated, but if everyone had a single thought like these in his or ...
  • Sarah saied
    حسنا.....أكثر من أربع ساعات منذ انتهائي من الرواية...ممسكة بقلمي ومفكرتي في محاولة مني لكتابة مراجعه جديرة بما قرأته .....الآن وبعد عدة محاولات فاشلة ...تأكد لي ما توصلت إليه سابقا...من أن أعظم الكتب التي نقرأها ونغرم بها هي ما نعجز تحديدا عن وصف ما مررنا ...
  • mai ahmd
    في هذه الرواية يواصل الكاتب رحلة البحث عن الذات كان هناك شبيها في الآخر مثلي وهنا رحلة البحث تأتي من خلال إمرأة مجهولة سقطت بطاقتها بين يدي موظف المحفوظات العامة في سجل الإحصاءات ليبدأ بذلك البحث عن المرأة التي أطلق عليها في الرواية بالمجهولة إمرأ...
  • Sara Kamjou
    کتاب همهی نامها داستان مردی به نام آقای ژوزه ست (همنام با نویسنده) که کارمند ادارهی ثبت ه و طی سالها کارمندی، به یک زندگی روزمره عادت کرده تا اینکه شاید اتفاقی، شاید هم به واسطه نیاز ذهنش به شکستن این حجم روزمرگی، درگیر یه جور ماجراجویی میشه.این کتاب ...
  • jeremy
    "You know the name you were given, you do not know the name that you have," reads the epigraph of All the Names, a gorgeously written and captivating allegorical tale of identity penned by the illustrious José Saramago, which concerns the seemingly mundane life of Senhor José, a lowly registry clerk in an unidentified metropolis, whose tedious and impersonal existence suddenly becomes full of intrigue and zeal when he finds himself compelled to...
  • Stratos
    Ποδαρικό της νέας χρονιάς με τον βραβευμένο Σαραμάγκου. Έναν συγγραφέα με ιδιόρρυθμη γραφή που ενδεχομένως δυσκολεύει ή αν θέλετε απωθεί πολλούς αναγνώστες να διαβάσουν τα βιβλία του. Όμως με το δικό του μοναδικό τρόπο σε οδηγεί σε καθημερινούς ...
  • Fábio Martins
    Há um sr. José de quem tenho permanentes saudades,que criou um outro sr. José que não sabia estar no mundo de forma feliz. Ambos ( ou o mesmo) são um universo de paradoxos que exercem um fascínio tremendo nas minhas características de leitor.O sr. José demiurgo, na sua clássica visão desesperançada sobre a realidade, exerce uma espécie de feitiçaria sobre o banal, tornando-o grotesco e sensível, delicado e rude, agressivo na acção...
  • Fatemeh Am
    کتاب به صورت گنگی پیش میره، رفتار شخصیت اول داستان که اسم اون هم ژوزه ست کمی سر در گم کننده است با پیگیری ای که روی زن ناشناس شروع می کنه داستان کمی روی روال میوفته و میگی خب الان افتادیم رو غلتک و میریم که سر از اصل داستان دربیاریم اما متاسفم بگم که هر...
  • Lori
    All The Names is the third book I have read by Jose Saramago. Blindness and Seeing left strong lasting impressions on me, and I expected this novel to do the same. Except I found myself having to take numerous breaks from this one. While Saramago starts out with an interesting subject on which to base his book,(A clerk at the Central Registry comes across a card for an unknown woman, and becomes obsessed with hunting her down and collecting as mu...
  • Mohamed Shady
    أنا حزين والله، حزين يا ساراماغو وقلبي مكسورجه الزمن اللي مقدرش أكمل رواية ليك عشان مملة، إيه اللي بيحصل في العالم؟ بس متقلقلش، مش زعلان منك ولسه بحبك، على الأقل دلوقتي اتأكدت إنك بني آدم زينا بتغلط وتكتب حاجات عادية ووحشة كمان. حبيبي يا زيزيتو، خد...
  • João Carlos
    Ilustração de Magritte’s Golconde”Todos os Nomes” publicado em 1997 por José Saramago (1922 – 2010) foi o romance que antecedeu a atribuição do Prémio Nobel da Literatura em 1998.Em ”Todos os Nomes” apenas o protagonista tem um nome, o nome próprio, o Sr. José é um auxiliar de escrita que trabalha na Conservatória Geral do Registo Civil, um homem com cerca de cinquenta anos, solitário, sem familiares ou amigos, um funcioná...
  • Nicole
    This book is just beautiful, lyrical and beautiful. I had to read this book for a class. I'm not so sure I would have picked it up on my own, but it was one of those all time amazing reads. The kind of read that I want with every book, but so rarely get. It had resonance. The prose was soft and inviting, even though the story itself revolved so heavily around a bleak, despairing center. You just got wrapped up in the story and the imagery was so ...
  • بثينة العيسى
    السرد المتقن، المنحوت، المسبوك؛ حيث كل كلمة في مكانها الصحيح، أن يبدو اللا منطقي منطقيا. أن نرى الإنسان المتناقض كما هو، يتبع جنونه الشخصي دون أن يفهم السبب. عمل عظيم.
  • Célia
    Ler José Saramago é toda uma experiência. Depois de ter adorado Ensaio Sobre a Cegueira e de ter ficado um pouco menos impressionada com As Intermitências da Morte, voltei finalmente ao único escritor português até à data que venceu o Prémio Nobel da Literatura, amado por uns e odiado por outros. E dito isto, um pequeno desabafo: pode não se gostar do estilo particular da sua escrita, mas daí a dizer-se, como li no outro dia, que Saram...
  • the gift
    later addition: i think this is the third time read, though i did not review it the second time. i am reading this concurrently with Jealousy and In the labyrinth by robbe-grillet... i really like them both but they are opposite techniques, opposite worlds presented. this is as all sarmago written in long, conversational descriptions and digressions, you are never not aware this is a human story, filtered through very human protagonist, ongoing a...
  • João Fernandes
    "O acaso não escolhe, propõe." Um dos mais importantes factores nas narrativas de Saramago é o destino, o que é surpreendente para um ateu céptico como o Nobel português. O destino de Saramago não é o determinismo que manda nas vidas de todos os homens, mas o simples acaso – uma série de coincidências, que guia a vida a um momento de escolha, em que qualquer um pode seguir dois rumos, e é portanto livre.Vemos este acaso, um “fio de...
  • Kerry
    This book will either strike you as brilliant or boring. I'll admit I had some difficulties with it, although I'm more inclined to the brilliant end of the spectrum. My first difficulty was in understanding Senhor Jose's motivation to track down an unknown woman. I understood his impulse towards curiosity, especially given the banality of his job, but to lie, falsify documents, commit crimes and abandon his responsibilities? That seemed harder to...
  • Aris
    Έχουν περάσει περίπου 2,5 χρόνια από τότε που διάβασα "Όλα τα ονόματα". Χαζεύοντας την βιβλιοθήκη πριν λίγο η ματιά μου κόλλησε πάνω του, και παρόλο που το εξώφυλλο είναι ασπρόμαυρο μια θαμπή θερμή λάμψη σαν να δραπέτευε από τις σελίδες του, σαν κάτι...
  • Tahani
    كيف ينجح ساراماغو في عرض السخرية في العمل الأدبي؟ بتحويلها إلى مادة للتمجيد، هو يسخر من كل ما يمجدّه الآخرون، ويبدأ بنفسه..هذا ما انتهيت إليه بعد أن فرغت من قراءة هذه الرواية. على النقيض من العنوان لم يضع ساراماغو اسمًا للشخصيات وإنما اكتفى بذكر صف...
  • Leo Robertson
    Some nice passages, but otherwise wayyy too slow for how little was happening.Exactly the kind of book your pretentious friend would recommend that you read, because they know that as short as it is, it's still an endurance test, and your pain with it is nothing but proof that they have intellect and endurance beyond yours, which is the point in recommending it, Oh is it, I think so, But isn't it pretty, Sometimes, Don't you think his writing sty...