Las Intermitencias de la Muerte

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Alfaguara, 2005 - Death - 274 pages
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En un país cuyo nombre no será mencionado se produce algo nunca visto desde el principio del mundo - la muerte decide suspender su trabajo letal, la gente deja de morir. La euforia colectiva se desata, pero muy pronto dará paso a la desesperación y al caos. Sobran los motivos. Si es cierto que las personas ya no mueren, eso no significa que el tiempo haya parado. El destino de los humanos será una vejez eterna. Se buscarán maneras de forzar a la muerte a matar aunque no lo quiera, se corromperán las conciencias en los 'acuerdos de caballeros' explícitos o tácitos entre el poder político, las mafias y las familias, los ancianos serán detestados por haberse convertido en estorbos irremovibles. Hasta el día en que la muerte decide volver.

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What would happen if death decided to stop taking people for a few months? This is the question central to the first half of the novel. The second half dwells on what happens when death becomes ... Read full review


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José Saramago was born on November 16, 1922. He spent most of his childhood on his parent's farm, except while attending school in Lisbon. Before devoting himself exclusively to writing novels in 1976, he worked as a draftsman, a publisher's reader, an editor, translator, and political commentator for Diario de Lisboa. He is indisputably Portugal's best-known literary figure and his books have been translated into more than 25 languages. Although he wrote his first novel in 1947, he waited some 35 years before winning critical acclaim for work such as the Memorial do Convento. His works include The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, The Stone Raft, Baltasar and Blimunda, The History of the Siege of Lisbon, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, and Blindness. At age 75, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998 for his work in which "parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony, continually enables us to apprehend an elusory reality." He died from a prolonged illness that caused multiple organ failure on June 18, 2010 at the age of 87.

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