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Cain (Translation) [Paperback-2012]
Jose Saramago
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Category:Literature- Literary FictionLiterary FictionLiterary Fiction-Lfi
Publisher: Vintage Uk | ISBN: 9780099552246 | Pages: 150

TWO DECADES AFTER PORTUGUESE NOVELIST AND NOBEL LAUREATE JOSE SARAMAGO SHOCKED THE RELIGIOUS WORLD WITH HIS NOVEL "THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS CHRIST", HE HAS DONE IT AGAIN WITH "CAIN", A SATIRE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT. WRITTEN IN THE LAST YEARS OF SARAMAGO S LIFE, IT TACKLES MANY OF THE MORAL AND LOGICAL NON SEQUITURS CREATED BY A WILFUL, AUTHORITARIAN GOD, AND FORMS PART OF SARAMAGO S LONG ARGUMENT WITH RELIGION. THE STORIES IN THIS BOOK ARE WITTY AND PROVOCATIVE. AFTER ADAM AND EVE HAVE BEEN CAST OUT OF EDEN, EVE DECIDES TO GO BACK AND ASK THE ANGEL GUARDING THE GATE IF HE CAN GIVE HER SOME OF THE FRUIT THAT IS GOING TO WASTE INSIDE. THE ANGEL AGREES, AND ALTHOUGH EVE SWEARS TO ADAM THAT SHE OFFERED THE ANGEL NOTHING IN RETURN, THEIR FIRST CHILD IS SUSPICIOUSLY BLOND AND FAIR-SKINNED. CAIN, IN HIS WANDERING, OVERHEARS A STRANGE CONVERSATION BETWEEN A MAN NAMED ABRAHAM AND HIS SON ISAAC - AND MANAGES TO PREVENT THE FATHER FROM MURDERING THE SON. THE ANGEL APPOINTED BY GOD TO PREVENT THE MURDER ARRIVES LATE DUE TO A WING MALFUNCTION. CAIN BRUSHES OFF HIS APOLOGY. WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF I HADN T BEEN HERE? CAIN ASKS, AND WHAT KIND OF GOD WOULD ASK A FATHER TO SACRIFICE HIS OWN SON?

About the Author

Jose Saramago is one of the most important international writers of the last hundred years. Born in Portugal in 1922 in the small rural village of Azinhaga, he was in his fifties when he came to prominence as a writer with the publication of Baltasar and Blimunda. A huge body of work followed, which included plays, poetry, short stories, non-fiction and over a dozen novels, translated into more than forty languages, and in 1998 he was awarded the bel Prize for Literature. He died in June 2010.

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