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Book Review: Death with Interruptions by José Saramago

Death with Interruptions by José Saramago


I can't believe I'm writing this, because I NEVER like magical realism, but this book was brilliant! So strange, yes, but so thought provoking and somehow very tenderly written, too. I definitely want to read more by this author and am really glad I stumbled upon this odd sounding book and gave it a chance. Margaret Jull Costa, the translator, did a wonderful job, because the language and writing style was, in part, what made this book stand out so much for me. Death with Interruptions is definitely not going to be for everyone, but maybe it's because I read it at a time where so many are dying, so much tragedy is all around us, that it seemed strange and intriguing to contemplate death with the human face Saramago lends it. I'll be thinking about this one for some time to come.