Starting at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s, in an unidentified country in an undetermined year, in José Saramago’s new novel, “Death. José Saramago prefaces his newly translated novella, Death with Interruptions, with two epigraphs: a prediction and a supposition. “We will know less and less. Ted Gioia reviews Death With Interruptions by Jose Saramago at Great Books Guide.

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The industry develops so quickly that the government itself becomes beholden to the maphioso, even bringing it to the brink of war with its neighbors. Thanks for the excellent review.

Death with Interruptions by José Saramago | Quarterly Conversation

August Summer Summary: First released in in its original Portuguese, the novel was translated into English by Margaret Jull Costa in I think of him as a classic author and he is definitely on my list for the upcoming year! Every time death sends him his letter, it returns. Like Terry Pratchett’s memorably stoical skeleton in Mort, Saramago’s death is often very funny. It looks impossible to get out,” he says. Extraordinary Renditions by Andrew Ervin It should have been a great book—three interlocking novella-length fictions, an overlappi Upon visiting him, she plans to personally give him the letter; instead, she falls in love with him, and, by doing earamago, she becomes even more human-like.


This is done in a distinctive, multi-voiced style, skilfully maintained in Costa’s translation. July Summer Summary: This page was joss edited on 21 Novemberat So there they stay. Having concluded that simply snatching interduptions away without warning is not only cruel but also leaves a lot of loose ends, she begins to send little violet warning letters.

His latest fiction to be translated into English is no different. For fans of his previous works, Death with Interruptions is worth reading if only to slip once again into his densely structured syntax.

I have only read Blindness, a fantastic book, but mean to read more Saramago and your post reminds me why!

Thoughts on “Death with Interruptions” by Jose Saramago

At first the apparent death of death seems like a cause for celebration. Contact Ted Gioia at tedgioia hotmail. I was fascinated to see what problem would pop up next and how the affected parties would solve it. The constant image of dredg Some have compared this writer to Kafka and Borges, and at his finest moments Saramago approaches their artistry. I had no inkling of where the story would go, but I greatly enjoyed finding out. wtih

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Perhaps the most important question is that of death itself, or rather, herself. Saramago’s death is an efficient senior librarian or a saramxgo public-sector manager rather than the sinister spectre portrayed by Bengt Ekerot in Bergman’s The Seventh Seal.

While love may be part of death’s transformation, she discovers something else to be the mortal’s secret. People continue to age, suffer from poor health, get shot, have accidents; but they all linger on. Everyone says his stuff is unique and different but so worthwhile.


It is impossible to avoid the question, How will she resolve this challenge to her authority? The book divides, as Seeing did, almost evenly into a first half consisting of broad political satire and a more tightly focused second half that develops characters and tells their story.

Suddenly the focus shrinks down to the level of a single person. I love how lyrical his writing is, and I think he always picks such interesting premises to explore! Have you ever read a book that was so different it actually worked?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The complete cessation of dying leads to a growing fear among healthcare workers that the system will collapse under its own weight: By interru;tions this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

At times, the book almost seems like a Harvard Business School case study penned by Michael Porteraddressing the competitive dynamics of a surprising development in the marketplace.