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Caim

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In this, his last novel, Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Bible through the story of Cain. Condemned to wander forever after he kills Abel, he is whisked around in time and space. He experiences the almost-sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham, the Tower of Babel, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Joshua at the battle of Jericho, Jobe's ordeal ...more
Paperback, 1, 176 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Companhia das Letras
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Agnieszka
Jan 08, 2017 Agnieszka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, reviewed, ebook, saramago, 2017

The lord, also known as god, created adam and eve, but due to tiredness of the act of creation or perhaps other minor distractions forgot to bestow them with the gift of speech, so to remedy that just stuck unceremoniously his tongue into them. However it seemed bizarre it worked excessively well but what adam did with his new art, Let’s go to bed, he said to eve. Typical. Ok, ok he probably couldn’t say how lovely dressed you are since they were naked, but still, though they hadn’t bed too, I g
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Jibran
Jul 24, 2015 Jibran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jibran by: Matt
Shelves: fiction, nobel, god
The life of a god isn’t as easy as you think, said God to Cain.

When Cain meets an angel and enters into an argument about the oblation god has ordered Abraham to make of his own son, the angel, feeling trapped, mutters under his breath, Oh no, a rationalist, and tries to sneak away to complete the divine mission with which he’s charged. The angel might have turned a deaf ear to Cain’s cold logic, but you, the angelic reader, have no recourse but to subject yourself to his grilling.

The hero or an
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Kalliope



The Mark of CAIN Saramago.
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I enjoyed revisiting Genesis accompanying Saramago’s Cain.

With this rebellious murderer who, after all, is a man who seeks justice, we are offered to time-travel with him through that first Book of Everything. We jump forwards and jump backwards in the genesis narrative, and every time there is a change in gear the reader is given a jolt. And a new breath and freshness sweeps over this reverted genesis.

Saramago’s Cain is a disappointed man. And it is his disappointm
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Fionnuala

José Saramago is certainly not the first writer to question the logic of the old testament, the legitimacy of the Lord's pronouncements, and the merits of the prophets who interpreted those pronouncements for the benefit of the descendants of Adam and Eve, and sometime later, for the benefit of descendants of the very small gene pool of Noah’s family who survived the Flood and repopulated the earth when everyone else was drowned, but Saramago is possibly one of the most creative and original to
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Kristijan
Jan 08, 2015 Kristijan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ukoliko razmišljate u dogmatskim okvirima, ova knjiga nije za vas, i bolje je nemojte čitati nego da joj dajete jednu ili dve zvezdice... Ako i pročitate poželećete da spalite ovu knjigu ili da vidite njenog autora na lomači... Zaobiđite je i zanemarite ove silne zvezdice - ova knjiga nije za vas...

Kao što napisah u jednom usputnom komentaru ova knjiga je brutalna, otrovna, ironična, satirična... Saramago kao da se kroz ovo satirično sagledavanje Starog zaveta pita da li čovečanstvo, od samog sv
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Amira Mahmoud
مقاصد الآلهة عميقة الغور!

أرى بها "أولاد حارتنا" أخرى، لكن هذه أقوى وأعمق بالطبع والفرق كبير.
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 11, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2012)
We all know that Cain was the firstborn of Adam and Eve. He was a farmer and he killed Abel, the first human to die, because of jealousy due to later being more favored by God. That made him the first human murderer and he was condemned by God and made him roam the earth forever. This book, the last book completed by Nobel laureate Jose de Suosa Saramago (1922-2010) before his death, Cain is about him and his journey after the killing. Like Forrest Gump, the wandering Cain of Saramago witnessed ...more
Fabian
Jan 08, 2015 Fabian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I get Saramago's genius. Way late*, yeah, but I FINALLY GET IT...!

(cue to me running barefoot downhill, waving arms, surrendering to literary genius at long last)

Sacrilegious, funny--the prose finally twines itself with my alert reader's sensitivity... the cascade of commas, the deficit of paragraphs, capitalizations, periods: all the magician's tricks finally seem to me to be EARNED. Previously, I've been uninspired by "The History of the Siege of Lisboa" and "The Double": the acrobatics leadin
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Inês
Oct 01, 2011 Inês rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tenho andado a ler os livros que me restam a conta-gotas, tenho pavor de chegar ao fim sabendo que quem escreveu estes não estará por cá para escrever novos. Que falta me fará.
Não há desculpas para não ler Saramago "porque é difícil", estes romances mais recentes "As intermitências da morte", "A viagem do elefante", "Caim", são tão fáceis de ler como andar de bicicleta. É preciso aprender mas depois não custa nada e nunca mais se esquece. Caim não é o meu preferido, mas é com certeza irmão de to
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Kinga
Aug 24, 2012 Kinga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 'Cain', published just a few months before Saramago’s death, the author gets to argue with God one last time. On this occasion his jibes are aimed the god of the Old Testament, who, as we all know, is an easy target. This god is cruel, proud, jealous, vindictive, inconsistent and often simply petty.

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
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João Carlos

Cain and Abel (1946) - Keith Vaughan


”Caim” publicado em 2009 foi o último romance que José Saramago (1922 – 2010) escreveu num texto que tal como ”O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Cristo” (1991) aborda a Bíblia, no âmbito óbvio da sua origem portuguesa e o poder religioso e cultural da Igreja Católica e do catolicismo.
A polémica que suscitou ”Caim” acaba por ser mais simbólica do que efectivamente justificada em conformidade com uma interpretação católica assente na intolerância e na supressão do senti
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Tony
Apr 16, 2013 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: portugese, religion
The Bible is a playground of stories, of characters, of parables, of moral dilemmas. Some take it literally, the WORD OF GOD. Some think it nonsense. Highly entertaining nonsense. But nonsense nonetheless.

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
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mai ahmd
Jan 20, 2013 mai ahmd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات


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
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BlackOxford
Oct 06, 2016 BlackOxford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Portuguese Midrash

Saramago’s Cain is a traditional Midrash, a meditative, speculative commentary on the Torah, the first five books of the Jewish and Christian bibles. Despite its often comedic, mostly polemic assessment of the God of the Torah, conventionally ascribed to Moses, Saramago isn’t the first or the most strident critic to take seriously the personality of Yahweh and what it might imply for humanity and the rest of creation.

The most remarkable aspect of the work isn’t its content b
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Aliaa Mohamed
Aug 26, 2014 Aliaa Mohamed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
منذ انتهائي من تك الرواية وبالتحديد منذ نصف ساعة فقط وأنا جالسة لا أعلم ما سأكتبه في المراجعة الخاصة بها ، فهناك بعض الأعمال التي لا يمكن التعليق عليها بشيء بعد الانتهاء من قراءتها خاصة عندما يكون بها كل هذا الكم من الجنون والسخرية ..
حسناً .. واضح من عنوان الرواية أنها تتحدث عن قابيل ، ولكن لا تقع عزيزي القاريء في نفس الخطأ الذي وقعت فيه عندما تبادر إلى ذهني قبل القراءة أن تلك الرواية تدور بأكملها حول قابيل وما اقترفه من ذنب تجاه أخيه ، هذا الحدث موجود بالفعل داخل الرواية ولكنه لا يتعدى الصفحتين
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Laila
May 11, 2015 Laila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Dusundurucu ve sorgulayici bir eser... Teolojiye farkli acilardan yaklasip degisik bakis acilarini yakalamak istiyorsaniz mutlaka okumalisiniz...

Saramago'nun kendine has bir anlatim uslubu var. Sizi bir kere icine cektiginde satirlarin nasil akip gittigini, sayfalarin nasil gectigini anlamayacaksiniz.

Satir aralarinda pek cok aforizma yakaladim, ama bu incelemeyi mobil yazdigim icin buraya hepsimi tek tek girme sansim yok. Sadece: "Hic varmamaktansa gec varmak yegdir" diye bir ornek yazmis olay
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Susana
Sep 07, 2012 Susana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(review in English below)

Brilhante!

Este livro contém reflexões sobre a relação entre Deus e a humanidade, que a maioria de nós já terá feito mas que nunca conseguiria exprimir com tanta graça e ironia.

Chorei a rir no primeiro capítulo.

Gostei muito.

Agora tenho de ler o Evangelho segundo Jesus Cristo, que está na fila há uns anos largos...

Genious!

This book is full of considerations on the relation between God and Mankind, that most of us have probably thought of, but would never be able to expr
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Ray
Jan 28, 2017 Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Cain kills his brother Abel in a fit of jealousy and is forced to wander the earth in penance. This book shows us what Cain did next. We see him pass through many of the key events of the Old Testament. He is there for example at the testing of Job, the razing of the walls of Jericho and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Throughout he is in dialogue with God. He understands not how the God of love and justice can be capricious, spiteful, jealous and uncaring - or as Tim Minchin memorably put
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Ana
Nov 22, 2014 Ana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Este pequeno romance relata-nos um conjunto de episódios bíblicos, da perspectiva de Caim e do confronto entre a humanidade e um deus poderoso mas tão imperfeito quanto os humanos. Um deus prepotente, caprichoso, manipulador, rancoroso, arbitrário, sentenciador injusto e muitas vezes cruel. Um deus que, nas palavras de Caim, não é transparente e não nos ama. O tom é extremamente provocador e sarcástico, e foram muitas as passagens que me fizeram soltar o riso.

Uma obra despretensiosa, sem a comp
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switterbug (Betsey)
God is ineffable, say his disciples. In Saramago's recreation of the old testament, god is snide, foppish, vicious, capricious, puerile, contemptuous, crabby, and a slouch at multi-tasking (and no iconic capital letters for this merry band of pranksters). This short but adventure-packed novella presents a new twist on the story of cain, the fratricidal brother. Weed out all the boring parts of Genesis, feature all the greatest hits, and place cain as the ubiquitous character. Actually, cain even ...more
Tahani
Apr 08, 2015 Tahani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
"-تمنى لي حظًا طيبًا.
-من أجل أن أتمنى لك حظًا طيبًا يجب أن أعرف أولًا ما هو الطيب في نظرك!
-إنه شيء لا أعرفه أنا نفسي."


هذا أحد الحوارات التي استوقفتني في رواية "قايين" لساراماغو.
بسيط، وعفوي وفي نفس الوقت عميق جدًا. هذا العمق الذي يرمز لحالة التيه التي تعكس ما يدور في خُلد ساراماغو نفسه ودسّها بعبقرية في قلب "قايين" الذي أعاد صياغته وباقي النصوص المقدّسة منذ بدء الخليقة بعبقرية لا يجرؤ على الإتيان بها إلا هذا الأديب العظيم، مازجًا إياها بسخريته اللاذعة.


جميعنا يعلم أن ساراماغو مُلحد، حين قراءتي لهذ
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Owlseyes
I've just read some pages, and I surely can envision many to come of the same.

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
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Mohamed Shady
Feb 05, 2014 Mohamed Shady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مش ممكن خالص والله!
PopiTonja
Nov 28, 2015 PopiTonja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kratko I ubitacno!
Luís C.
Cain killed Abel, but instead of starting on the roads under the curse of God, he prefers to rebel. This is not his fault that he killed his brother but that of God because he has not deigned to accept the offerings of Cain. God condemned to wander through time and experience the great events of sacred history. He attends, among others, the sacrifice of Abraham, Sodom and Gomorrah, the worshipers of the golden calf ... or even the construction of Noah's Ark and leaving the flooded Earth.
Each of
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João Fernandes
May 01, 2015 João Fernandes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel
"Afinal, a continuidade biológica não é tudo, já basta que a mente humana crie e recrie aquilo em que obscuramente acredita.”

Esta talvez seja a melhor frase para descrever este livro. Que ’Caim’ não se situa no pódio das obras de Saramago é já noção familiar, quer pelo enredo quer pela qualidade da prosa. Mas neste último conto do Nobel, a história do errante Caim que viaja pelo contínuo espacial e temporal observando um rodopio de pecados de Deus, se bem que pouco subtil, não deixa de questio
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Miloš Kostić
Saramago je Kaina napisao s jasnom namerom da prevaspitava. To je nešto što ne volim previše kad se radi o umetnosti. Otvorena propaganda. Ni blizu Jevanđelja po Isusu Hristu. Od književnosti očekujem više... pa, suptilnosti. Ovako mi pomalo izgleda jeftino. Iako se ne sećam da sam čitao komunističke ideološke knjige, ja ih upravo ovako zamišljam. Iako se sa svime slažem, nekako mi to nije dovoljno. Ja puno čitam o religiji iz ateističkog ugla tako da su mi svi ovi argumenti već poznati. Možda b ...more
Miguel
Jul 28, 2014 Miguel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Os cristãos tementes a Deus devem afastar-se solenemente do livro Caim .
Para me sentir capaz de apreciá-lo justamente, tive que suspender as minhas crenças peculiares, que estão em processo de consolidação, mas José Saramago afecta-nos sempre.

Caim é um livro certamente escandaloso, louco, desvairado e indecoroso. Em suma, um delírio completo! José Saramago não se coibiu de tecer comentários que se consideram profanação e sacrilégio explícitos. O autor pegou no Antigo Testamento e estendeu as
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Marina
Apr 05, 2016 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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José de Sousa Saramago (pronounced [ʒuˈzɛ sɐɾɐˈmagu]) was a Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, playwright and journalist. He was a member of the Portuguese Communist Party.
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“The history of mankind is the history of our misunderstandings with god, for he doesn't understand us, and we don't understand him.” 43 likes
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