The "notebooks of Lanzarote" are a kind of diary that Saramago began to write when he moved to the Canary Island in 1993, following the censorship placed by the Portuguese government to his Gospel according to Jesus Christ. As Saramago says, everything started like this: "In January the house was not yet over and my brothers-in-law Javier and Mary, with the symbolic participation of Luis and Juan José, took me from Arrecife a recycled paper notebook. They thought I should have Write our days in Lanzarote; an idea that I already buzzed me into my head ". Because many think that writing a diary (and publish it) is "an exercise of cold narcissism", Saramago reassures everyone by saying that "the narcissus that today contemplates in the water the next day destroys the image that he contemplates with his own hand" . This volume collects a choice of texts coming from the more than a thousand pages of the five notebooks that will still have been published in Portugal.