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Cain - by José Saramago (Paperback)

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  • The last novel by Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago, Cain daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Old Testament.
  • About the Author: JOSÉ SARAMAGO (1922-2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis.
  • 159 Pages
  • Fiction + Literature Genres, Literary

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About the Book



The last novel by Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago, Cain daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Old Testament.



Book Synopsis



The last novel by Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago, Cain daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Old Testament.

Saramago's 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.



From the Back Cover



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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Review Quotes




"Cain's vagabond journey builds to a stunning climax that, like the book itself, is a fitting capstone to a remarkable career."
-Publishers Weekly, starred --




About the Author



JOSÉ SARAMAGO (1922-2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Dimensions (Overall): 8.0 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inches (W) x .5 Inches (D)
Weight: .35 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 159
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Publisher: Mariner Books
Format: Paperback
Author: José Saramago
Language: English
Street Date: October 9, 2012
TCIN: 90636045
UPC: 9780547840178
Item Number (DPCI): 247-13-6879
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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