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The Elephant's Journey

(2010)
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In 1551, King João III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present: an elephant named Solomon. The elephant's journey from Lisbon to Vienna was witnessed and remarked upon by scholars, historians, and ordinary people. Out of this material, José Saramago has spun a novel already heralded as 'a triumph of language, imagination, and humor' (El País).

Solomon and his keeper, Subhro, begin in dismal conditions, forgotten in a corner of the palace grounds. When it occurs to the king and queen that an elephant would be an appropriate wedding gift, everyone rushes to get them ready: Subhro is given two new suits of clothes and Solomon a long overdue scrub.

Accompanied by the Archduke, his new wife, and the royal guard, our unlikely heroes traverse a continent riven by the Reformation and civil wars. They make their way through the storied cities of northern Italy: Genoa, Piacenza, Mantua, Verona, Venice, and Trento, where the Council of Trent is in session. They brave the Alps and the terrifying Isarco and Brenner Passes; they sail across the Mediterranean Sea and up the Inn River (elephants, it turns out, are natural sailors). At last they make their grand entry into the imperial city. The Elephant's Journey is a delightful, witty tale of friendship and adventure.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A novel of wit, warmth and wonder." - Yann Martel


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September 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Elephant's Journey
Author(s): Jose Saramago
ISBN: 0-547-35258-1 / 978-0-547-35258-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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November 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Elephant's Journey (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Jose Saramago
ISBN: 1-78487-179-6 / 978-1-78487-179-6 (UK edition)
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July 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Elephant's Journey
Author(s): Jose Saramago
ISBN: 0-09-954688-4 / 978-0-09-954688-7 (UK edition)
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May 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Elephant's Journey
Author(s): Jose Saramago
ISBN: 0-547-57411-8 / 978-0-547-57411-0 (USA edition)
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2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Elephant's Journey
Author(s): Jose Saramago
ISBN: 1-84655-360-1 / 978-1-84655-360-8 (UK edition)
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August 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Elephant's Journey
Author(s): Jose Saramago
ISBN: 1-5318-0655-4 / 978-1-5318-0655-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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December 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Elephant's Journey
Author(s): Jose Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa (translator)
Publisher: Audible Studios
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September 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Elephant's Journey
Author(s): Jose Saramago
Publisher: Mariner Books
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September 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Elephant's Journey (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Jose Saramago
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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