Watching a rented video, Tertuliano M-ximo Afonso is shocked to
notice that one of the actors is identical to him in every physical
detail. He embarks on a secret quest to find his double and sets in
motion a train of events that he cannot control. Saramago's novel
explores the nature of individuality and examines the fear and
insecurity that arise when our singularity comes under threat, when
even a wife cannot tell the original from the imposter-
Jose Saramago was born in Portugal in 1922. His plays, poetry,
memoirs, and novels have been translated into more than 20 languages.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998.
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