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Las intermitencias de la muerte [Paperback]

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In a country whose name is not mentioned, something never before seen since the beginning of time happens: death decides to stop its unflagging track and people stop dying. From that moment on, the destiny of human kind will be to live eternally. A short period of euphoria is followed by despair and chaos. People search for ways to trick death into killing; the elderly are seen with the hatred reserved only for that which we cannot alter. Nobel Prize winner (1998) Jose Saramago offers a literary narrative that centers on human perplexity when faced with one of the unavoidable realities of our existence --death.

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Pages   251
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2006
Publisher   Punto de Lectura
ISBN  846631895X  
ISBN13  9788466318952  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JOSE SARAMAGO (1922-2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasar and Blimunda, and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Jose Saramago was born in 1922.

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Forever young ?  Dec 21, 2006
Saramago may be regarded as one the most invenctive authors of these days. He is a true fable maker; his febrile imagination and the fascinating issues he carves in relief in each one of his works, become an invitation to undertake his lectures as if we undertake a prodigious journey.

Imagine there is a country in which the people just don't die. At first glance, it might sound seductor and even desirable, but when the number of members of the third age's population increases notably, it raises a set of unexpected dramatic situations.

The main problem is to deal with the old Faustian myth; to live forever, but Saramago goes far beyond and makes a sharp inflection about the dilema this means.

The happy ending should not to turn our attention about the remarkable fact the death is part of the life, and all the efforts made by our post modernist society in order to guarantee us a major longevity, invites us to think the question be put on this way: To live more or to live better?

I rather live a short and productive life instead of a large and improductive existence, signed by the triviality and frivolity.

"We are what we do" Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Como siempre... Maravilloso!  Jun 15, 2006
Sea cual sea el tema que desarrolle en sus libros hace de ellos lo que le pega en gana y con un fiel apego a la realidad que tal parece que "cada pais o ciudad sin nombre" donde suelen suceder las historias son nuestras ciudades o nuestro pais.

En este ha sacado a flote el sentimiento humano hacia la muerte en todo su esplendor pero no conforme con esto aun hace que la propia muerte nos demuestre su lado humano,

El final...... para variar..... Estoy esperando el Siguiente!!!!
Excellent writing, thin plot  Jun 3, 2006
*** Warning: May Contain Spoilers ***

Death takes a holiday in Saramago's latest venture into magical realism. For obvious reasons, as one gets older death looms larger in one's consciousness, and I think Saramago, who is 83 as of this writing, may have intended "As Intermitencias da Morte" (which I read in Portuguese, so I'm using the Portuguese title, sans circumflex on one "e," as accents tend to cause problems on these pages) to be a meditation on the subject. It falls a bit short of the elegiac or profound, however; this is not John Donne's "Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation 17" ("No Man is an Iland, intire of it selfe . . ."). The first part of the novel is largely a description of the institutional disruptions in a small European country as people stop dying one day. It's funny at times, and at other times mordant (in other words, typical Saramago). In the second part (and I don't want to give away too much here), death is further personified, and there's a very light character study of one of death's intended victims. The plot is thin throughout the novel, but because Saramago writes so well, it still makes for enjoyable reading. Unfortunately, the character Saramago introduces in the second part has a dog. I regret this, because when Saramago introduces a dog into his writing, he usually waxes sentimental over the creature, distracting the reader and generally subtracting from the acuity and clarity of his observations of the state of the world. He is obviously a dog enthusiast, but I would urge him to keep his writing free of canines in the future.
Saramago como solo él puede hacerlo  Feb 26, 2006
Soy seguidor/admirador de este gran escritor. Sin dudas que sus libros traen una mezcla de excelente literatura y de filosofia. Me parece que los temas que escoge para sus obras son en gran parte la razon de su exito. En esta obra, su mas reciente, toma el tema de la muerte y la desmitifica, la personifica y hace con ella lo que quiere. Es una jugada maestra de Saramago y desde ya un clasico pues luego de su lectura no pensaras en la muerte como lo hacias antes, seguro que no.

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