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Book by Saramago Jose
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“Suitably disturbing—and a pleasure to read.” — The Scotsman
In this, his last novel, José Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Old Testament, recalling his provocative The Gospel According to Jesus Christ. His tale runs from the Garden of Eden, when God realizes he has forgotten to give Adam and Eve the gift of speech, to the moment when Noah’s Ark lands on the dry peak of Ararat. Cain, the despised, the murderer, is Saramago’s protagonist.
Condemned to wander forever after he kills his brother Abel, Cain makes his way through the world in the company of a personable donkey. He is a witness to and participant in the stories of Isaac and Abraham, the destruction of the Tower of Babel, Moses and the golden calf, the trials of Job. The rapacious Queen Lilith takes him as her lover. An old man with two sheep on a rope crosses his path. And again and again, Cain encounters a God whose actions seem callous, cruel, and unjust. He confronts Him, he argues with Him. “And one thing we know for certain,” Saramago writes, “is that they continued to argue and are arguing still.”
A startling book—sensual, funny—in all ways a fitting end to Saramago’s extraordinary career.
“With parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony, José Saramago continually enables us once again to apprehend an illusory reality.” — Nobel Prize committee
“Saramago is a writer, like Faulkner, so confident of his resources and ultimate destination that he can bring any improbability to life.” — John Updike
“José Saramago will be a permanent part of the Western canon . . . In all of his wonderful meditations upon the ruefulness of our lives, there is always the spirit of laughter beckoning us in the art of somehow going on. His achievement is one of the enlargements of life.” — Harold Bloom
“He got ahead of us; he is ahead of us. His work belongs to our future.” — Ursula K. Le Guin
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