Death with Interruptions

  • by Jose Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa (translator)
  • Narrated by Paul Baymer
  • 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nobel Prize-winner Jose Saramago's brilliant new novel poses the question: What happens when the grim reaper decides there will be no more death? On the first day of the new year, no one dies. This of course causes consternation among politicians, religious leaders, morticians, and doctors. Among the general public, on the other hand, there is initially celebration - flags are hung out on balconies, people dance in the streets. They have achieved the great goal of humanity: eternal life. Then reality hits home - families are left to care for the permanently dying, life-insurance policies become meaningless, and funeral parlors are reduced to arranging burials for pet dogs, cats, hamsters, and parrots.
Death sits in her chilly apartment, where she lives alone with scythe and filing cabinets, and contemplates her experiment: What if no one ever died again? What if she, death with a small d, became human and were to fall in love?


What the Critics Say

Saramago being Saramago, he turns what could be the stuff of late-night stoner debate into a lucid, playful and politically edgy novel of ideas.... Saramago adds two satisfying cliffhangers—how far can he go with the concept, and will death succumb to human love? The package is profound, resonant and—bonus—entertaining." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

interesting but slightly boring

fell asleep listening to this book a few times. there are very interesting concepts it's just not the most exciting book
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- Kerry

Not for me

I just didn't like it. It wasn't a book for me. It was very hard to keep up.
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- Katrina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-20-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios