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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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A fable set in a land where no one dies, by the Nobel-winning author of Blindness

"The following day, no one died," begins Death with Interruptions, and the rest of the novel scrambles to catch up to this extraordinary new reality. Before the first deathless day is out, the cardinal calls the prime minister to upbraid him for celebrating the body's new immortality. The end of death means, after all, the end of the Church, "since this was clearly the only agricultural implement god possessed with which to plough the roads that would lead to his kingdom." What will the state do if death does not return, asks the cardinal. What will the Church do, asks the prime minister in kind. The cardinal answers smoothly, "The church has never been asked to explain anything, our specialty, along with ballistics, has always been the neutralization of the overly curious mind through faith." Death's disappearance reveals the struts propping up the everyday world.
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