The inspiration for the major motion picture "Enemy" starring Jake
Gyllenhaal and directed by Denis Villeneuve
Tertuliano Maximo Afonso is a divorced, depressed history teacher.
To lift his spirits, a colleague suggests he rent a certain video.
Tertuliano watches the film, unimpressed. But during the night,
when he is awakened by noises in his apartment, he goes into the
living room to find that the VCR is replaying the video. He watches
in astonishment as a man who looks exactly like him-or, more
specifically, exactly like he did five years before, mustachioed
and fuller in the face-appears on the screen. He sleeps badly.
Against his better judgment, Tertuliano decides to pursue his
double. As he roots out the man's identity, what begins as a
whimsical story becomes a "wonderfully twisted meditation on
identity and individuality" (The Boston Globe). Saramago displays
his remarkable talent in this haunting tale of appearance versus
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