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Death at Intervals By Jose Saramago

Death at Intervals
by Jose Saramago

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In an unnamed country on the first day of the new year, people stop dying. For several months undertakers face bankruptcy, the church is forced to reinvent its doctrine, and local 'maphia' smuggle those on the brink of death over the border where they can expire naturally.
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Death at Intervals by Jose Saramago

In an unnamed country on the first day of the new year, people stop dying. Amid the general public, there is great celebration: flags are hung out on balconies and people dance in the streets. They have achieved the great goal of humanity - eternal life. Death is on strike. Soon, though, the residents begin to suffer. For several months undertakers face bankruptcy, the church is forced to reinvent its doctrine, and local 'maphia' smuggle those on the brink of death over the border where they can expire naturally. Death does return eventually, but with a new, courteous approach - delivering violet warning letters to her victims. But what can death do when a letter is unexpectedly returned?

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Death at Intervals Reviews


"In the craft of the sentence, Jose Saramago is one of the great originals... no one writes quite like Saramago, so solicitous and yet so magnificently free. He works as though cradling a thing of magic" * Guardian *
"Saramago has a light, graceful, ironic touch... the paraphernalia of magical realism" -- John Banville
"The author's eccentric voice is as engaging as ever... a fitting cap to a body of work as playful as it is wise" * Financial Times *
"With characteristic dry wit he proceeds to debunk the rosy romance of eternal life" * The Times *
"A compelling work by a fine writer ... the unique Saramagoan style ... gives the impression of a thought experiment to which the writer is merely a catalyst. That impression is a carefully crafted one: true art conceals its art, wrote Ovid" * New Statesman *

About Jose Saramago


Jose Saramago is one of the most important international writers of the last hundred years. Born in Portugal in 1922, he was in his sixties when he came to prominence as a writer with the publication of Baltasar and Blimunda. A huge body of work followed, translated into more than forty languages, and in 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Saramago died in June 2010.

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GOR001425173
Death at Intervals by Jose Saramago
Jose Saramago
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2009-02-05
208
0099502488
9780099502487
N/A
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