Nothing new under the sun

July 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Even for Nobel Prize-winning novelists. Word has it that José Saramago’s new novel will feature elephants, not people, as characters. (Given the Portuguese writer’s assessment of humanity in books like Blindness and The Double, this is perhaps unsurprising.)

From the National Post‘s Afterword blog:

On Monday, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced it had acquired Saramago’s new book The Elephant’s Journey, which is “based on the real-life epic journey of an Indian elephant from Lisbon to Vienna in the 16th century.” The novel, which will be published fall 2010, will be translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull.

An elephant as the lead character, embarking on an epic journey? Where have I heard that one before?

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