By José Saramago

ISBN-10: 0547519400

ISBN-13: 9780547519401

“Suitably disturbing—and a excitement to read.” — The Scotsman

In this, his final novel, José Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the outdated testomony, recalling his provocative The Gospel in keeping with Jesus Christ. His story runs from the backyard of Eden, whilst God realizes he has forgotten to provide Adam and Eve the present of speech, to the instant while Noah’s Ark lands at the dry height of Ararat. Cain, the despised, the assassin, is Saramago’s protagonist.

Condemned to wander ceaselessly after he kills his brother Abel, Cain makes his approach during the global within the corporation of a personable donkey. he's a witness to and player within the tales of Isaac and Abraham, the destruction of the Tower of Babel, Moses and the golden calf, the rigors of activity. The rapacious Queen Lilith takes him as her lover. An previous guy with sheep on a rope crosses his course. And repeatedly, Cain encounters a God whose activities appear callous, merciless, and unjust. He confronts Him, he argues with Him. “And something we all know for certain,” Saramago writes, “is that they persevered to argue and are arguing still.”

A startling book—sensual, funny—in all methods a becoming finish to Saramago’s awesome career.

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The street was suddenly and conspicuously empty. Mary was bent double by the step, scratching the calf and ankle of one leg vigorously with both hands. Colin stood in the centre of the street, swaying slightly and staring in the direction of the low buildings. ‘Something has bitten me,’ Mary called. Colin went and stood behind her and watched as she scratched. A number of small red points were broadening to the size of coins and flushing crimson. ‘I wouldn’t keep on,’ Colin said. He took her wrist and drew her into the street.

At first my sisters laughed and denied what I was saying. But as I went on and on, they became silent. When I had finished my father simply said, “Thank you, Robert,” and went on eating. No one spoke for the rest of the meal. I dared not look in the direction of my sisters. ‘After dinner and just before my bedtime I was called to my father’s study. This was a place where no one was allowed, here were all the secrets of State. It was the biggest room in the house, for sometimes my father received other diplomats here.

The hotel sign had been turned off. The street below was deserted, and on the pontoon two waiters were clearing away the cups and glasses. The few customers who remained were no longer drinking. Colin and Mary had never left the hotel so late, and Mary was to attribute much of what followed to this fact. She paced the balcony impatiently, inhaling the musty smell of geraniums. There were no restaurants open now, but on the far side of the city, if they could find it, was a late-night bar outside which a man sometimes stood with his hot-dog stand.

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