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Cain
by Jose Saramago and Margaret Jull Costa


Overview - Saramago juxtaposes an eminently readable narrative of work and poverty, class and desire, knowledge and timelessness one in which God, too, as he faces Cain in the wake of Noah's Ark, emerges as far more human than expected. San Francisco Chronicle
In this, his last novel, Jose Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Old Testament, recalling his provocative The Gospel According to Jesus Christ .
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Overview
Saramago juxtaposes an eminently readable narrative of work and poverty, class and desire, knowledge and timelessness one in which God, too, as he faces Cain in the wake of Noah's Ark, emerges as far more human than expected. San Francisco Chronicle
In this, his last novel, Jose Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Old Testament, recalling his provocative The Gospel According to Jesus Christ. His tale runs from the Garden of Eden, when God realizes he has forgotten to give Adam and Eve the gift of speech, to the moment when Noah s Ark lands on the dry peak of Ararat. Cain, the despised, the murderer, is Saramago s protagonist.
Condemned to wander forever after he kills his brother Abel, Cain makes his way through the world in the company of a personable donkey. 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. An old man with two sheep on a rope crosses his path. And again and again, Cain encounters a God whose actions seem callous, cruel, and unjust. He confronts Him, he argues with Him. And one thing we know for certain, Saramago writes, is that they continued to argue and are arguing still.
A startling book sensual, funny and in all ways a fitting end to Saramago s extraordinary career.
A winkingly blasphemous retelling of the Old Testament . . . Saramago, playfully stretching his chatty late style, pokes holes in the stated logic of the Biblical God throughout the novel. The New Yorker"

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780547840178
  • ISBN-10: 0547840179
  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Publish Date: October 2012
  • Page Count: 159
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.35 pounds


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