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The book, based in an unnamed, landlocked country at a point in the unspecified past, opens with the end of death.

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As in many of his other works, Saramago largely eschews traditional forms of grammar and punctuation. Death discovers that, without reason, this man has mistakenly not been killed. Funeral workers, on the other hand, fear the opposite problem: First released in in its original Portuguese, the novel moorte translated into English by Margaret Jull Costa in Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing Portuguese-language text.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Retrieved from ” https: Retrieved 30 January She announces, through a missive sent to the media, that her experiment has ended, and people will begin dying again. He avoids the capitalization of proper names of people or places, and especially of his protagonist “death” who emphatically insists that her name be written lowercase. Although originally intending merely to analyze this man and discover why he is unique, death eventually becomes infatuated with him, enough so that she takes on human form to meet him.

The novel centers around death as both a phenomenon, and as an anthropomorphized character. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


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The common citizens, however, generally enjoy their newfound immortality. Upon visiting him, she plans to personally give him the letter; instead, she falls in love with him, and, by doing so, she becomes even more human-like.

From here, the story largely moves on to focus on death’s relationship with an otherwise unremarkable cellist who, amazingly, will not die.

The incapacitated are brought over the borders of the country, where they instantly die, as death has not ceased working elsewhere. The industry develops so quickly that the government itself becomes beholden to the maphioso, even bringing it to the brink of war with its neighbors.

This page was last edited on 21 Novemberat Though the traditional sources for guidance on things like life and death endeavor to discover why people have stopped dying, religious authorities, philosophers and scholars alike can find no answers.

Death reemerges not long thereafter, this time as a woman named death the lowercase name is used to signify the difference between the death who ends the life of people, and the Death who will end all of the Universe. Initially, the people of this country celebrate their intermitenncias victory over mankind’s longtime foe.

The complete cessation of dying leads to a growing fear among healthcare workers that the system will collapse under its own weight: However, in an effort to kill more kindly, death will now send a letter to those about to perish, giving them a week to prepare for their end. The book ends, as it began, by stating that no one died the next day.


The violet-envelope-encased letters create a frenzy in the country, as people are not just returned to dying, but also must face the specter of receiving one of these letters and having their fate sealed with it.

Saramago avoids using quotations to signify speech, instead relying on inline text, and the usage of capitalization to signify the start of a new speaker’s words. Every time death sends him his letter, it returns. Views Read Edit View history. Mysteriously, at the stroke of midnight of January 1, no one in the country can die any inteermitencias.

This joy is short-lived – intermitwncias soon becomes apparent that the end of death presents unique demographic and financial challenges. Many of his sentences are written in a style almost akin to stream of consciousness. A means of finally killing people, and relieving families of the burden of their catatonic kin, is devised and implemented by an underground group known only as the maphia the ‘ph’ is chosen to avoid any confusion with ingermitencias more sinister Mafia.

The Catholic Church feels threatened by this new turn of events, as the end of death would call into question one of the fundamental foundations of their dogma: