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December's book club selection is Death with Interruptions by José Saramago. Purchase it below!


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Nobel Prize-winner Jose Saramago's brilliant novel poses the question—what happens when the grim reaper decides there will be no more 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?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Author of more than 40 titles, José Saramago was born in 1922, in the village of Azinhaga. The nights spent in the public library of the Palácio Galveias, in Lisbon, were fundamental for its formation. "And it was there, without help or advice, only guided by curiosity and the desire to learn, that my taste for reading developed and refined."

In 1947 he published his first book, entitled A Viúva, but which, for editorial reasons, came out with the title of Terra do Pecado. Six years later, in 1953, the novel Claraboia, published only after his death, would end. In the late 1950s, he became responsible for production at Editorial Estúdios Cor, a role he would combine with that of translator, from 1955, and literary critic. He returns to writing in 1966 with Os Poemas Possíveis. In 1971 he took up editorial duties at Diário de Lisboa and in April 1975 he was appointed deputy director of Diário de Notícias. At the beginning of 1976 he moved to Lavre to document his project of writing about landless peasants. Thus was born the novel Levantado do Chão and the way of narrating that characterizes his novelesque fiction. José Saramago received the Camões Prize in 1995 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998.

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Death With Interruptions

By José Saramago

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780547247885
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Published: HarperVia - September 2nd, 2009

Staff Pick Badge
Death With Interruptions By José Saramago Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780547247885
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperVia - September 2nd, 2009