aSaramago juxtaposes an eminently readable narrative of work and poverty, class and desire, knowledge and timelessnessaone in which God, too, as he faces Cain in the wake of Noah's Ark, emerges as far more human than expected.a aSan Francisco Chronicle In this, his last novel, JosAc 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 Noahas Ark lands on the dry peak of Ararat. Cain, the despised, the murderer, is Saramagoas 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. aAnd one thing we know for certain, a Saramago writes, ais that they continued to argue and are arguing still.a A startling bookasensual, funnyaand in all ways a fitting end to Saramagoas extraordinary career. aA 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.a aThe New Yorker This e-book includes a sample chapter of BLINDNESS.aSaramago juxtaposes an eminently readable narrative of work and poverty, class and desire, knowledge and timelessnessaone in which God, too, as he faces Cain in the wake of Noaha#39;s Ark, emerges as far more human than expected.a aSan ...
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