By José Saramago
Solomon the elephant's lifestyles is ready to be upturned. for 2 years he has been in Lisbon, introduced from the Portuguese colonies in India. Now King Dom João III needs to make him a marriage present for the Hapsburg archduke, Maximilian. It's a pleasant concept, because it avoids the Portuguese king offending his Lutheran cousin with an openly Catholic current. however it capacity the negative pachyderm needs to go back and forth from Lisbon to Vienna strolling -- the best choice whilst transporting a wide animal this type of good distance. So starts a trip that might take the stalwart Solomon around the dusty plains of Castile, over the ocean to Genoa and as much as northern Italy the place, like Hannibal's elephants earlier than him, he needs to pass the snowy Alps. Accompanying him is his quiet keeper, Subhro, who watches whereas -- at each position they cease -- humans try and flip Solomon into whatever he isn't. From employee of holy miracles to umbrella stand, the unassuming elephant suffers the various makes an attempt of people to impose which means on what they don't comprehend. Saramago's newest novel is a fascinating mixture of truth (an Indian elephant particularly did make this trip in 1551), myth and myth. full of great landscapes and native color, peppered with witty mirrored image on human failings and achievements, it truly is, in spite of everything, concerning the trip of lifestyles itself.