News Via www.nytimes.com
Portugal's beloved Nobel Literature laureate Jose Saramago announced the completion of his latest work "The Elephant's Journey", based on the real-life epic journey of an Indian elephant named Solomon who travelled from Lisbon to Vienna in the 16th century last year. Now comes the report that the translated version is slated for fall 2010.
"The author describes the book as "a story rather than a novel," and opens with the line: "However incongruous it may seem..."
Saramago has been captivated by the tale for last ten years, ever since he made a visit to Austria and went to eat by chance in a Salzburg restaurant called The Elephant, the author says in a long email interview published in the Spanish press.
The Elephant's Journey is filled with characters, some of them real historical figures, others anonymous fictional creations: "they are people the members of this travelling caravan encounter on their journey, and with whom they share perplexities, efforts and the harmonious joy of a roof over their heads"."
Blurb via >http://The UK Independent
I can't wait to read it.