'Now life is truly beautiful,' proclaim the citizens of the unnamed fictional country in José Saramago's new novel, when suddenly, one New Year's Day, people stop dying. Granted, it's an implausible scenario, but we are asked to take nothing seriously, except for the author himself.Read More
We know, too, that Saramago is not going to stick to the rules, because he doesn't use capital letters.
The big idea is that the 'absence of death' doesn't make for an earthly paradise. In fact, it causes bureaucratic chaos and societal breakdown.
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