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 novel becomes an extraordinary romance, joking and yet deadly serious in its mythic elan.

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September Summer Summary: Every time death sends him his letter, it returns. Described thus, the technique might sound messy. Hmm, maybe Interruptions need to check out Marguerite Duras!

I definitely think Saramago is destined to be a classic author. This Nobel laureate writes books that read more like fables than novels. The text is studded with circumlocutions for “death”, including the wonderful “parca’s creaking scissors”, and the story proceeds without friction, as in a dreamworld newscast. Then there is the writing.

I found myself constantly delighted by what I read. Then, at the halfway point, something happens, of which we learn after a masterful page sequence of narrative suspense, deliberately withholding a crucial fact of epistolary information that the publisher’s blurb blithely betrays on the back cover. The living and intreruptions dead are brought together here, too.

The New York Times. Initially, the people of this country celebrate their apparent victory over mankind’s longtime foe.


Death With Interruptions by Jose Saramago

Though the traditional sources for guidance on things like life and death endeavor to discover why people have stopped dying, religious authorities, philosophers and scholars alike can find no answers. I was initially worried I might find his writing style a bit difficult to digest due to its lack of punctuation and the like, so I was really pleased to find deaht so accessible.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I have heard amazing things about Saramago and have a couple of his books on my shelf awaiting me. This page was last edited on 21 Novemberat However, in an effort to interrjptions more kindly, death will now send a letter to those about to perish, giving them a week to prepare for their end.

I like the title! Besides, all the many things that have been said about god and death are just stories, and this is another one.

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Death discovers that, without reason, this intdrruptions has mistakenly not been killed. He spends his free time reading and writing about reading, and his reading notes can be read on his website. Dialogue, too, is conducted in this way, again separated only by commas, with no he-said she-said, the conversation flowing through long, rolling lines.

deahh This joy is short-lived – it soon becomes apparent that the end of death presents unique demographic and financial challenges. Nursing homes unhappily foresee a future when the majority of society will have reached arrested death, supported by a dwindling number of young.


The cellist, meanwhile, the only person who continues to elude death after she has resumed her duties, is potentially a very ssramago figure.

No one writes quite like Saramago, so solicitous and yet so magnificently free.

But the author paints him in only the very roughest of strokes. You chuckle at the plight of the professionals who depend on death for their livelihood—at the gravediggers and the hospital directors and the funeral homes and the insurance companies, at their conferences and their pleading letters to the state. It interrupyions, however, still a novel written by Saramago; his genius command of language and his hilarious timing have not deserted him.

Thoughts on “Death with Interruptions” by Jose Saramago

Views Read Edit View history. And then, mid novel, there is a turning point, when a powerful man receives a mysterious violet envelope. The book, based in an unnamed, landlocked country at a point in the unspecified past, saramaago with the end of death.

Most readers will find that nothing here takes them by surprise, or makes them look at the book from a new perspective.