Paperback. Pub Date: June 2000 Pages: 320 in Publisher: Panther What happens when the facts of history are the replaced by the mysteries of love When the candidature of Raimundo Silva. a lowly proof-reader for a Lisbon publishing house. Inserts a negative into a sentence of a historical text. he alters the whole course of the 1147 Siege of Lisbon. Fearing censure he is met instead with admiration: Dr Maria Sara. his voluptuous new editor. encourages him to pen his own alternative history. As his retelling draws on all his imaginative powers. Silva finds - to his nervous delight - that if the facts of the past can be rewritten as a romance then so can the details of his own dusty bachelor present.