Saramago, in this his final work, thinks it nonsense. He has tapped this mine before, in The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, but here he goes again, telling the story of Cain and Abel but then projecting Cain as an observer and sometime participant on other Bible stories. Thus: Cain shows up...more
Saramago hires Cain to call out god on all his sins and errors beginning with Cain’s own sorry story which made him go down in history as the first murderer of the worst kind. But weren’t there any...more
One thing that I did find irritating is the author's writing style of mashing together the dialog with only commas to separate who has spoken. That took some getting used to and I often had...more
It starts quoting Hebrews 11:4. “By faith, Abel offered God a sacrifice….and by faith Abel, though dead, still speaks". A quote from the Book of "Rubbish/non-sense",according to Saramago.
An imperfect Creation, that's the main issue: (1) God got aware later that Adam and Eve (in the book: adam and eve) didn’t speak: so God made a tongue (both the muscle and the idiom); afterwards the creation. (2) God corrected later...more
يقول ساراماغو في حوار معه إن الكتاب المقدس ما هو إلا دليل للقسوة البشرية ويقول أيضا أن العالم سيكون أكثر سلاما لو كنا جميعا من الملحدين .. ويزيد على ذلك أنا ملحد ولكني لستُ غبيا ..
وعلى أساس هذا النكران للأديان جاءت هذه الرواية ورواية الأنجيل يرويه المسيح والتي كتب فيها ساراماغو رؤية أخرى مغايرة للأنجيل على لسان المسيح ..وهاتين الروايتين لقيتا إستياءا كبيرا من الكنيسة الكاثوليكية ومن اليمين المتطرف لكن ساراماغو الذي لا يكتب لأجل إستياء أو إرضاء أحد لم يلقى بالا لكل الإنتقادات الواسعة التي شملت ال...more
Second book I have read of his; funny why the translations have no quotation marks, question marks. Its like the whole book is one continuous dialogue :)
“Più vecchio si è, più libero si diventa. Più libero si diventa più radicale si diventa. Questa è la mia idea.”
L’intervista verteva su “Il Quaderno”, la raccolta di scritti tratti dal blog del signor premio Nobel, censurati dall’Einaudi (all’epoca casa editrice di Saramago passato adesso a Feltrinelli) e pubblicati dalla Bollati Boringhieri.
Non parlava, dunque, di “Caino” in quell’intervista ma resta il fatto che q...more
“Suitably disturbing—and a pleasure to read.” — The Scotsman
In this, his last novel, José 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 Noah’s Ark lands on the dry peak of Ararat. Cain, the despised, the murderer, is Saramago’s protagonist.
Condemned to wander fore
And in the process, we find another Cain, for Saramago has shaped him into the new everyman, looking at the world with a piercing clarity, wondering how it can be so mad and cruel.
For instance he asks some of the angels...more
Cain conversing with two angels about why God tested Job, as he did Abraham, who he knew had full faith in him. [Capital letters signify a change in speaker]
The lord must be very happy, he said to the angels, he won his bet against satan, and despite all job's sufferings, he has still not denied god,
We knew he wouldn't, And god knew too, I imagine, Oh yes, the lord most...more
Dono de um feitio muito próprio, sem dúvida algo prepotente e pedante, sabe, contudo e como poucos, contar histórias que chocam mentalidades, aproveitando, explorando uma cultura (a portuguesa) provinciana, saloia, anacrónica e supersticiosa.
Saramago é um profundo conhecedor da natureza humana. Dá provas disso em todos os seus romances, exaltando e salientando os vícios, defeitos e virtudes do ser humano.
Assim, sabe como toc...more
The narrative voice was smug and contrived -- a postmodern inflection that left me feeling cold. I neither cared for or about Cain or his god, and was only happy that the novel is so slender it barely exceeds 150 pages. The remodeling of old testament myths and characters in a fantastical melange could have been interesting, but th...more
Caín tiene el mismo ritmo que he leído siempre de Saramago, veloz y ligeramente caótico, aunque en esta ocasión añade viajes a través del tiempo, lo cuál dejan al autor y a los propios...more
After having finished this novel, I can say that I truly enjoyed the novel and was actually surprised at the overall substance and style presented throughout the novel.
First, in regards to substance, the story offers an altern...more
Mr Saramago is not easy on God, accusing his of being ruthless and somewhat bloodthirsty in his desire to see h...more
Cain is the hero of the book, and the villain is god--so right off the bat, many people would be offended. It's a book based on rage at the violence done by God to various people, since once Cain is given his mark and set wandering, he can "wan...more
Caim era o filho mais velho de Adão e Eva, nascido após o casal ter sido expulso do Jardim do Éden. Caim sentiu ciúmes por Deus preferir as oferendas sacrificiais do irmão Abel e...more
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His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor rather than the officially sanctioned story. Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for...more