Death with Interruptions

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Mariner Books #ad - Nobel prize-winner jose saramago's brilliant new novel poses the question -- what happens when the grim reaper decides there will be no more death? On the first day of the new year, no one dies. This of course causes consternation among politicians, religious leaders, morticians, and doctors. Then reality hits home—families are left to care for the permanently dying, cats, and funeral parlors are reduced to arranging burials for pet dogs, life-insurance policies become meaningless, hamsters, and parrots.

Death with Interruptions #ad - Death sits in her chilly apartment, and contemplates her experiment: What if no one ever died again? What if she, death with a small d, where she lives alone with scythe and filing cabinets, became human and were to fall in love? . Among the general public, on the other hand, there is initially celebration—flags are hung out on balconies, people dance in the streets.

They have achieved the great goal of humanity: eternal life.

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Naïve Super

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Canongate Books #ad - Naïve Super #ad - He befriends a small boy who lives next door. He yearns to get to the bottom of life and how best to live it. Funny, friendly, enigmatic and frequently poignant - superbly naive. He endlessly bounces a ball against the wall. Troubled by an inability to find any meaning in his life, the 25-year-old narrator of this deceptively simple novel quits university and eventually arrives at his brother's New York apartment.

In a bid to discover what life is all about, he writes lists. He becomes obsessed by time and whether it actually matters. He faxes his meteorologist friend.

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Cathedral Vintage Contemporaries

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Vintage #ad - His eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. Raymond carver’s third collection of stories, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, including the canonical titular story about blindness and learning to enter the very different world of another. These twelve stories mark a turning point in Carver’s work and “overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life.

Cathedral Vintage Contemporaries #ad - His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart” Jonathan Yardley,  Washington Post Book World. Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty.

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Ask the Dust

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - But the bright light of success is extinguished when Camilla has a nervous breakdown and disappears. Ask the dust is a virtuoso performance by an influential master of the twentieth-century American novel. Struggling to survive, he perseveres until, at last, his first novel is published. It is the story of arturo bandini, a young writer in 1930s Los Angeles who falls hard for the elusive, unstable Camilla Lopez, mocking, a Mexican waitress.

Ask the Dust #ad - And bandini forever rejects the writer's life he fought so hard to attain.

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All the Names

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Mariner Books #ad - The loneliness of people’s lives, the effects of chance, the discovery of love—all coalesce in this extraordinary novel that displays the power and art of José Saramago in brilliant form. But one day, when he comes across the records of an anonymous young woman, something happens to him. Obsessed, he discovers more about her, and about himself, Senhor José sets off to follow the thread that may lead him to the woman—but as he gets closer, than he would ever have wished.

All the Names #ad - A middle-aged bachelor, he has no interest in anything beyond the certificates of birth, divorce, marriage, and death that are his daily routine. From a nobel prize winner: “A psychological, even metaphysical thriller that will keep you turning the pages .  .  . With growing alarm and alacrity. The seattle times   a washington post book world favorite book of the Year   Senhor José is a low-grade clerk in the city’s Central Registry, where the living and the dead share the same shelf space.

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Seeing

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Mariner Books #ad - What begins as a satire on governments and the sometimes dubious efficacy of the democratic system turns into something far more sinister. On election day in the capital, it is raining so hard that no one has bothered to come out to vote. Promptly at four, voters rush to the polling stations, as if they had been ordered to appear.

The politicians are growing jittery. A state of emergency is declared. But when the ballots are counted, more than 70 percent are blank. A singular novel from the author of Blindness. The citizens are rebellious. Should they reschedule the elections for another day? Around three o’clock, the rain finally stops.

Seeing #ad - Could she be behind the blank ballots? A police superintendent is put on the case. But are the authorities acting too precipitously? Or even blindly? The word evokes terrible memories of the plague of blindness that hit the city four years before, and of the one woman who kept her sight.

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Blindness Harvest Book

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Mariner Books #ad - Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. This is a shattering work by a literary master. The boston globea new york times notable book of the Year A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one.

There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth century, Blindness has swept the reading public with its powerful portrayal of man's worst appetites and weaknesses—and man's ultimately exhilarating spirit.

Blindness Harvest Book #ad - . A stunningly powerful novel of man's will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Cain

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Mariner Books #ad - 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. Saramago juxtaposes an eminently readable narrative of work and poverty, as he faces Cain in the wake of Noah's Ark, knowledge and timelessness—one in which God, class and desire, too, emerges as far more human than expected.

San francisco chronicle 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. A winkingly blasphemous retelling of the Old Testament. And one thing we know for certain, ” Saramago writes, “is that they continued to argue and are arguing still.

Cain #ad - A startling book—sensual, funny—and in all ways a fitting end to Saramago’s extraordinary career. And again and again, Cain encounters a God whose actions seem callous, cruel, and unjust. An old man with two sheep on a rope crosses his path. Saramago, playfully stretching his chatty late style, pokes holes in the stated logic of the Biblical God throughout the novel.

The new yorker this e-book includes a sample chapter of BLINDNESS. Cain, the murderer, the despised, is Saramago’s protagonist.

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The Gospel According to Jesus Christ Harvest in Translation

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Mariner Books #ad - A wry, the bleat of a goat, fictional account of the life of christ by nobel laureate José SaramagoA brilliant skeptic, the caress of a woman half asleep, José Saramago envisions the life of Jesus Christ and the story of his Passion as things of this earth: A child crying, a prayer uttered in the grayish morning light.

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ Harvest in Translation #ad - . The result is a deft psychological portrait that moves between poetry and irony, spirituality and irreverence of a savior who is at once the Son of God and a young man. His idea of the holy family reflects the real complexities of any family, and—as only Saramago can—he imagines them with tinges of vision, dream, and omen.

In this provocative, the subject of wide critical discussion and wonder, tender novel, the foundations of the Church, Saramago questions the meaning of God, and human existence itself.

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Fight Club: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - There, two men fight "as long as they have to. This is a gloriously original work that exposes the darkness at the core of our modern world. Fight club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret after-hours boxing matches in the basements of bars.

Fight Club: A Novel #ad - The first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club. Chuck palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist in this, his first book.

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The Cave

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Mariner Books #ad - An unassuming family struggles to keep up with the ruthless pace of progress in “a genuinely brilliant novel” from a Nobel Prize winner Chicago Tribune. People prefer plastic, apparently. Marçal works there as a security guard, and Cipriano drives him to work each day before delivering his own humble pots and jugs.

A los angeles times best book of the year and a new york times notable book   Cipriano Algor, apartments, an imposing complex of shops, lives with his daughter Marta and her husband Marçal in a small village on the outskirts of The Center, an elderly potter, and offices. On one such trip, he is told not to make any more deliveries.

The Cave #ad - Unwilling to give up his craft, Cipriano tries his hand at making ceramic dolls. Astonishingly, the center places an order for hundreds, and Cipriano and Marta set to work—until the order is cancelled and the penniless trio must move from the village into The Center. A remarkably generous and eloquent novel.

Publishers weekly  Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa. When mysterious sounds of digging emerge from beneath their new apartment, Cipriano and Marçal investigate; what they find transforms the family’s life, in a novel that is both “irrepressibly funny” The Christian Science Monitor and a “triumph” The Washington Post Book World.

The struggle of the individual against bureaucracy and anonymity is one of the great subjects of modern literature, and Saramago is often matched with Kafka as one of its premier exponents. Those qualities are particularly evident in his latest brilliant, dark allegory, which links the encroaching sterility of modern life to the parable of Plato’s cave .

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