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Death with interruptions

Author: José Saramago; Margaret Jull Costa
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"On the first day of the new year, no one dies. This, understandably, causes consternation among politicians, religious leaders, funeral directors, and doctors. 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. Then reality hits home - families are left to care for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: José Saramago; Margaret Jull Costa
ISBN: 9780151012749 0151012741 9781607519249 1607519240
OCLC Number: 212846510
Description: 238 p. ; 21 cm.
Other Titles: Intermitências da morte.
Responsibility: José Saramago ; translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa.

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"On the first day of the new year, no one dies. This, understandably, causes consternation among politicians, religious leaders, funeral directors, and doctors. 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. Then reality hits home - families are left to care for the permanently dying, life-insurance policies become meaningless, and funeral directors are reduced to arranging burials for pet dogs, cats, hamsters, and parrots. Death sits in her chilly apartment, where she lives alone with scythe and filing cabinets, and contemplates her experiment: What if no one ever died again? What if she, death with a small d, became human and were to fall in love?"--jacket blurb.

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