"Essential... A novel that resounds with relevance for our own time." - New York Times Book Review
First published in 1980, the City of Lisbon Prize - winning Raised from the Ground follows the changing fortunes of the Mau Tempo family - poor landless peasants not unlike Saramago´s own grandparents. Set in Alentejo, a southern province of Portugal known for its vast agricultural estates, the novel charts the lives of the Mau Tempos as national and international events rumble on in the background - the coming of the republic in Portugual, the two world wars, and an attempt on the dictator Salazar´s life. Yet nothing really impinges on the grim reality of the farm laborers´ lives until the first communist stirrings.
Raised from the Ground is Saramago´s most deeply personal novel, the book in which he found the signature style and voice that distinguishes all of his brilliant works.