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Death with Interruptions

Death with Interruptions Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago s brilliant new novel poses the question what happens when the grim reaper decides there will be no death On the first day of the new year no one dies This of course

  • Title: Death with Interruptions
  • Author: José Saramago Margaret Jull Costa
  • ISBN: 9780151012749
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago s brilliant new novel poses the question what happens when the grim reaper decides there will be no death On the first day of the new year, no one dies This, of course, causes consternation among politicians, religious leaders, morticians, and doctors Among the general public, on the other hand, there is initially celebration FlagsNobel Prize winner Jose Saramago s brilliant new novel poses the question what happens when the grim reaper decides there will be no death On the first day of the new year, no one dies This, of course, causes consternation among politicians, religious leaders, morticians, and doctors Among the general public, on the other hand, there is initially celebration Flags are hung out on balconies people dance in the streets They have achieved the great goal of humanity eternal life Then reality hits home families are left to care for the permanently dying life insurance policies become meaningless and funeral parlors are reduced to arranging burials for pet dogs, cats, hamsters, and parrots Death sits in her chilly apartment, where she lives alone with scythe and filing cabinets and contemplates her experiment What if no one ever died again What if she, death with a small d, became human and were to fall in love

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    1. José Saramago Margaret Jull Costa says:
      Jos de Sousa Saramago pronounced u z s magu was a Nobel laureate Portuguese novelist, playwright and journalist He was a member of the Portuguese Communist Party His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor rather than the officially sanctioned story Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1998 He founded the National Front for the Defense of Culture Lisbon, 1992 with among others Freitas Magalhaes He lived on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, Spain, where he died in June 2010.A foundation with his name was established in 2007 its main aims are cultural promotion, particularly of Portuguese literature and authors The Jos Saramago Foundation is currently based in Casa dos Bicos, a Portuguese landmark building in Lisbon Saramago s house in Lanzarote is also open to the public.Jos Saramago, together with his wife Pilar, were the subject of the award winning documentary Jos e Pilar, providing us with a glimpse into their love story and life, as he was writing his A Viagem do Elefante.

    Comment 850 on “Death with Interruptions

    1. Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum says:
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    2. Lizzy says:
      Jos Saramago s imagination appeals to me I cherished Death with Interruptions from the first page It s was not only the author s incredible creativity or his masterful writing but also the fact that here he deals with something so close to all human beings death Who, after all, at some point in life, hasn t asked why do we have to die The dream of immortality has fascinated humanity forever The following day, no one died So simplySaramago begins in an undisclosed small European country, without [...]

    3. Ahmad Sharabiani says:
      Death with Interruptions, Jos Saramago 1922 2010 2011 1389 250 9789641910961 20 1389 216 9789643743239

    4. Nataliya says:
      The dream of immortality has always fascinated humanity The dream of eternal life has founded religions that changed the shape of the world What if it were true The following day, no one died So begins Jos Saramago s Death with Interruptions In an unnamed small European country without any explanations people have stopped dying an eternal dream come true, right What else can we want now, once the threat of unavoidable demise has been removed seemingly forever, once the unstoppable Grim Reaper se [...]

    5. Fionnuala says:
      I love the cover of this book, the cartoon woman in black, paused on the doorstep of someone s life, her symbolic scythe held aloft A light switch features in the centre of the illustration as if she might jokingly dim the lights while she fulfills her task We almost expect to see a grin on her face and the illustrator has kindly left her features blank so that we can fill in that smirk for ourselves A perfect book cover for a satire about death I m not so keen on the title however Death At Inte [...]

    6. s.p says:
      Out of the half dozen Saramago novels I have read, this is actually my favorite It may have been due in part that I devoured most of it while seated upon the sun soaked banks of a river this past July, but this short little work really struck me It is so unique and imaginative and this book was just a really fun read Despite it s focus of death and all, it isn t quite as heavy as most of his novels and will make you laugh at the dark abyss of death as most of this novel is actually darkly humoro [...]

    7. Jr Bacdayan says:
      Jose Saramago s Death with Interruptions is a fascinating study of death and its implications to humanity The book can be separated into two parts, the first part is a study of conceptual death or accurately the loss thereof, and how it would affect the lives of the mortal beings suddenly deemed immortal Then about two thirds into the book, death suddenly takes another entity, from a formerly conceptual standpoint we are gradually introduced to death personified Death is a woman, a beautiful wo [...]

    8. Petra X says:
      Update 2 This book is unique It needs a whole new genre to itself, fantasy philosophy perhaps Very entertaining but try as I might I am just not a fan of Saramago s style._____Update 1 Getting bogged in Saramago s extreme wordiness and I could do with a bit dialogue than this constant narration There are no characters, or barely, it is all situations It isn t uninteresting but it isn t gripping or enjoyable either I hope it improves one way or the other._____I like what Saramago writes, but I d [...]

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    10. Vane J. says:
      The following day, no one died.Oh, humanity, always wishing for what we cannot have Eternal life, the eternal dream But what if it came true What if no one died Well, this is what happens in this book.The day is normal, nothing seems out of place except people are not dying any Dream come true, right Well, you always have to be careful what you wish for When people say they want to live forever, they think youth and health come as granted, but death s plans were only to give herself a vacation f [...]

    11. Carmo says:
      Partindo de algo t o improv vel como a morte deixar subitamente de dar uso gadanha, Saramago desenvolve esta ideia sem deixar nada ao acaso, apontando e explorando minuciosamente todas as consequ ncias por mais bvias ou estranhas que possam parecer.A aus ncia da morte leva o pa s a uma profunda crise as fam lias n o sabem o que fazer com os eternos moribundos, os seguros de vida perdem a raz o de existir e as seguradoras ficam sem clientes, os hospitais por sua vez t m clientes a mais e espa o a [...]

    12. BlackOxford says:
      Lethal But Not MorbidA great theological philosophical book of ideas about how human beings deal with death as a concept as well as their own individual fate Saramago knows what most of us know but don t know how to say He knows how politicians and academics and policemen and peasants talk and what they mean when they talk, which is often the opposite of what they say And his gentle irony accepts the fact that we all lie by inevitable omission every time we utter a sound So death for example may [...]

    13. Dagio_maya says:
      Io non sono la Morte, sono semplicemente morte SCIOPERO Il giorno seguente non mor nessuno s accade allo scoccare della mezzanotte dell anno nuovo in un innominato paese.Semplicemente non muore pi nessun essere umano.Ma quali sono le conseguenze della scomparsa della morte Lo stratagemma narrativo offre a Saramago l occasione di dileggiare non solo le istituzioni statali ed ecclesiastiche, ma gli atteggiamenti, le reazioni tipiche dell uomo che tende a sfruttare a proprio vantaggio ogni calamit. [...]

    14. Michael says:
      Saramago s wonderful novel takes the old motif of death taking a holiday and breathes new life into it Stylistically challenging for the reader with its run on sentences and eschewing of capitals other than those that are initial, the work demands concentration For those willing to put some effort into it, however, it becomes an experience very much like thinking the author s thoughts with him As he leads us through the narrative, Saramago takes time to criticize government, business, religion, [...]

    15. Cosimo says:
      Piccoli eventi conclusivi Perch le parole, se non lo sa, si muovono molto, cambiano da un giorno all altro, sono instabili come le ombre, ombre di se stesse, che tanto ci sono quanto non ci sono pi , bolle di sapone, conchiglie di cui a stento si sente il respiro, tronchi tagliati.Saramago immagina una favola dell impossibilit nella quale arriva un giorno in cui non muore nessuno La morte scompare, sparisce, realizza per l uomo il sempre e eternamente Ma un inganno, possono stare tranquilli filo [...]

    16. Mohammed Al-Garawi says:
      New review I gave it another shot and finished after a long struggle I still stand by my opinion Old review This is one of the worst books I ve ever read in my entire life In fact, this is the first book I gave up on What s sad is that the premise behind the book is brilliant and mind blowing, but it s just not flexible to be contained in 200 pages The book might strike you as a short easy read, but it s definitely not The punctuation is horrible, and the story kept dragging on and on and onThe [...]

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