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Neste novo romance, o vencedor do prêmio Nobel José Saramago reconta episódios bíblicos do Velho Testamento sob o ponto de vista de Caim, que, depois de assassinar seu irmão, trava um incomum acordo com deus e parte numa jornada que o levará do jardim do Éden aos mais recônditos confins da criação.
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Paperback, 182 pages
Published October 19th 2009 by Caminho (first published October 18th 2009)
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Jim Fonseca
Another great book from the Nobel-prize-winning (1998) Portuguese author. It’s a re-imagining of the Old Testament (which the author has called the Book of Nonsense) in the way that the author’s “The Gospel According to Jesus Christ” re-imagined the New. (In the book, the author does not capitalize proper names but I did so because it looks odd otherwise.)


Cain slays his brother, Abel, and then travels through various times and places of the Old Testament. In his wanderings he stumbles across Ab
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jibran by: Matt
Shelves: god, fiction, nobel
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
Sep 28, 2016 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

The Mark of CAIN Saramago.

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
Jan 08, 2015 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
Jan 08, 2015 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 Lisbon" and "The Double": the acrobatics leadin

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
Aug 24, 2012 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 at 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
Nikos Tsentemeidis
Το πιο απολαυστικό βιβλίο που έχω διαβάσει εδώ και καιρό. Ο Saramago είναι ιδιοφυής, με υψηλό επίπεδο χιούμορ. Μέσα από τους διαλόγους των ηρώων θέτει με ιδιαίτερη μαεστρία διλήμματα περί θρησκείας και γενικότερα πολύ τροφή για σκέψη.

Κάποιος θρησκευόμενος μπορεί να τον βρει προκλητικό ή ασεβή, κάτι με το οποίο διαφωνώ 100%, γιατί ο σκοπός του δεν είναι ένας μύθος σε άλλη εκδοχή. Είναι κάτι που μόνο ο ίδιος θα μπορούσε να καταφέρει. Το θεωρώ κορυφαίο μαζί με το περί τυφλότητος και ανώτερο και σί
Amira Mahmoud
مقاصد الآلهة عميقة الغور!

أرى بها "أولاد حارتنا" أخرى، لكن هذه أقوى وأعمق بالطبع والفرق كبير.
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 11, 2012 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
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Πρωτη επαφη με τον Σαραμαγκου κ προφανως δε θα ειναι η τελευταια. Τι να πω;;; Ο ανθρωπος παιζει σε αλλα μηκη.. εξαιρετικη και ευφυεστατη γραφη. Μου αρεσε που ειχε κ μια δοση χιουμορ. Δε θα αναφερθω στο θρησκευτικο κομματι. Σε καμια περιπτωση δε με ενοχλησε η αλλοιωση κ εκμοντερνευση της ιστοριας.

mai ahmd
Jan 20, 2013 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
A Miuda Geek
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
O primeiro livro de Saramago que consegui ler na integra! E que estreia foi esta.

Consigo perceber o porque deste livro ser tão polémico. Saramago parte de um personagem que, como todos sabemos matou o seu irmão, mas em vez de seguir o percurso ditado no evangelho ele vai pôr Caim a deambular entre passado, presente e futuro ou vários presentes como ele lhes chama e vai testemunhar eventos e fazer uma reflexão: qual é o papel de Deus para a Humanidade?

Deus é-nos apresentado pela Igreja como um D
Apr 16, 2013 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
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
Aliaa Mohamed
Aug 26, 2014 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
Uyuyan Adam / Engin Türkgeldi
Saramago, Kabil'de yine en iyi yaptığı şeyi yapıyor ve herkesin bildiği hikayeleri ters düz edip önümüze koyuyor. Ona göre Tanrı fazlasıyla kusurlu ve insanlarla oynuyor. Yazar bunu göstermek için, kutsal kitaplardaki belli başlı olaylara Kabil'le birlikte tanıklık etmek üzere bir yolculuğa çıkarıyor bizi. Zaman zaman bizi metne yabancılaştırmak ve bunun bir kurgu olduğunu hatırlatmak için ilginç yöntemler kullanıyor, meleklerin kanatlarının arıza yaptığını ve sağa çektiğini anlatıyor mesela. Ya ...more
Compared to The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, Saramago is a lot more laid back here, a lot less subtle, like he's shooting fish in a barrel. But as far as contradictions and inconsistencies go, The Old Testament (or as Saramago calls it, The Book of Nonsense) is pretty low-hanging fruit. Whether it's God's destruction of innocent children in Sodom and Gomorrah, while choosing to save only the "honourable" Lot (who had earlier offered his daughters' virginity to the mob, and who later sleeps ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Verdict is the same after second read still 5 stars and spot on my favorites list. Blasphemy, religious satire and poisonously dark humor, what's there not to love?
I've just read some pages, and I surely can envision much 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 late
Σωτήρης  Αδαμαρέτσος
Κορυφαίο! Πραγματική απόλαυση η ανάγνωση αυτού του ασύλληπτουσε σε έμπνευση έργου του Σ. όπου με πρωταγωνιστή τον περιπλανωμενο Κάιν ο συγγραφέας διασχίζει επεισόδια της εβραϊκής προϊστορίας και δίνοντας στο πρόσωπο του ήρωα την μορφή του ανθρώπου που διαφωνεί με το ίδιο το σχέδιο του Θεού. Απίστευτη ειρωνεία και φοβερά απρόσμενο φινάλε που δικαιώνουν τον Σαραμανγκο ως εμπνευσμένο και, ίσως, την λογοτεχνικά πιο αξιόλογη πένα της Ευρώπης. 5/5
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
(review in English below)


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...


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
Eighteen years after "The Gospel According to Jesus Christ", his merciless onslaught against the New Testament, Saramago is back to finish the job. The result is an equally outrageous and - alas - good job, a crazy retelling of the Old Testament as seen through the eyes of the most controversial character of all: Cain, the first murder in human history, the Evil Brother who is actually the Evil Half of mankind... of any single human being, that is.

The book of Genesis is full of murders, despair
Jan 28, 2017 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
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mohamed Shady
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مش ممكن خالص والله!
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
okuduğum en akıcı saramago kitabı olabilir. hiç böyle bir şey beklemiyordum. alaycılığından, esprili dilinden de zerre bir şey kaybetmeden; müthiş bir sonla çok güzel bir hikaye anlatmış.
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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.
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 fo
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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.” 56 likes
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