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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Thoughts on “Death with Interruptions” by Jose Saramago

All this is pleasant enough, but nowhere in satirical first half of Death with Interruptions does Saramago instill confidence that he is allowing his imagination to lead, and so he never arrives anywhere new or unexpected.

September Summer Summary: Death investigates the case of this mysterious, and seemingly immortal musician, and soon finds herself hopelessly attracted to her intended victim.

As for themes, there is much said in Death with Interruptions deaht death as you might deagh guessedbut also about love, as well as sharp insight into our natures as human beings. I have heard amazing things about Saramago and have a couple of his books on my shelf awaiting me.

Death with Interruptions – Wikipedia

What a fascinating concept—the death of death-but I think the style would get to me. Mirrors on which dust has fallen by Jeff Bursey Most books where characters openly wjth the title theme would suggest sledgehammer finesse, b Books Previous post: This joy is short-lived – it soon becomes apparent that the end of death presents unique demographic and financial challenges.


The book ends, as it began, by stating that no one died the next day. The New York Times.

Death with Interruptions is shorter, though, so I started with wkth one. What a thoroughly ingenious idea. I have a long history of loving experimental fiction!

The cellist, meanwhile, the only person who continues to elude death after she has resumed her duties, is potentially a very interesting figure. The common citizens, however, generally enjoy their newfound immortality. I had no inkling of where the story would go, but I greatly enjoyed finding out. March to May People continue to age, suffer from poor health, get shot, have accidents; but they all linger on. Here Saramago looks at deafh would happen if death truly went on vacation.

However, in an effort to kill more kindly, death will now send a letter intreruptions those about to perish, giving them a week to prepare for their end. Saramago has a knack for confronting the reader with something he is not prepared interrupttions, and thereby pulling him into the reality of the text.

While love may be part of death’s transformation, she discovers something else to be the mortal’s secret.

Death With Interruptions by Jose Saramago

Mysteriously, at the stroke of midnight of January 1, no one in the country can die any more. The interaction between these two translucent characters is never solid enough to afford the reader a grip, a way to enter into it.

The Catholic Church feels threatened by this new turn of events, as the end of death would call into question one of the fundamental foundations of their dogma: His paragraph breaks are few; his dialogue shuns quotation marks and even line breaks, opting for simple commas instead. If an award were given for run-on sentences, he would win it every year.


Besides, all the many things that have been said about god and death are just stories, and this is another one. I, too, worried about his style being inaccessible and was pleasantly surprised! From here, the story largely moves on to focus on death’s relationship with an otherwise unremarkable cellist who, amazingly, will not die.

Like many of the Portuguese Nobel laureate’s novels, this has a fable-like quality, seen in the simplicity of the central trope and the action’s setting – a small country with a terminally ill Queen Mother, pragmatic Prime Minister, and one state-run TV channel. Blindness examines the consequences of a plague that suddenly deprived almost an entire population of sight.

I think of him as a classic author joae he is definitely on my list for the upcoming year! Latest Reviews Summer Summary: So the novel is not a successful one. I hope that you enjoy reading many more Saramago books in the future.