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Death with Interruptions

By Jose Saramago

Death with Interruptions
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  • Hardcover: Oct 2008,
    256 pages.
    Paperback: Sep 2009,
    256 pages.

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Death in Literature

Saramago's characterization of death departs from convention in several ways—not least in her insistence in remaining lower case: "I am not Death, but death. Death is something of which you could never even conceive, and please note, mister grammarian, that I did not conclude that phrase with a preposition, you human beings only know the small everyday death that is me, the death which, even in the very worst disasters, is incapable of preventing life from continuing, one day you will find out about Death with a capital D, and at that moment, you will understand the real difference between the relative and the absolute, between full and empty, between still alive and no longer alive…."

Much Western painting depicts death as a female angel, but contemporary film and literature typically characterize death as the Grim Reaper, a male figure of wordless dread. Until now, the personification of death has been largely confined to ...

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