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Retrieved from ” https: The book, based in an unnamed, landlocked country at a point in the unspecified past, opens with the end of death. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Intermitenias Policy.

The common citizens, however, generally enjoy their newfound immortality. Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing Portuguese-language text. He avoids morts capitalization of proper names of people or places, and especially of his protagonist “death” who emphatically insists that her name be written lowercase.

Views Read Edit View history. The New York Times. Mysteriously, at the stroke of midnight of January 1, no one in the country can die any more.

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As in many of his other works, Saramago largely eschews dda forms of grammar and punctuation. Many of his sentences intermitenxias written in a style almost akin to stream of consciousness.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This joy is short-lived – it soon becomes apparent that the end of death presents unique demographic and financial challenges. A means of finally killing people, and relieving families of the burden of their catatonic kin, is devised and implemented by an underground group known only as the maphia the ‘ph’ is chosen to avoid any confusion with the more sinister Mafia. Though the traditional sources for guidance on things like intermitencoas and death endeavor to discover why people have stopped dying, religious authorities, philosophers and scholars alike can find no answers.


Retrieved 30 January The book ends, as it began, by stating that no one died the next day. Death reemerges not long thereafter, this time as a woman named inteermitencias the lowercase name is used to intermitejcias the difference between the death who ends the life of people, and the Death who will end all of the Universe.

However, in an effort to kill more kindly, death will now send a letter to those about to perish, giving them a week to prepare for their end.

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Itermitencias announces, through a missive sent to the media, that her experiment has ended, and people will begin dying again. The complete cessation of dying leads to a growing fear among healthcare workers that the system will collapse under its own weight: Initially, the people of this country celebrate their apparent victory over mankind’s longtime foe.

Death discovers that, without reason, this man has mistakenly not been killed. First released in in its original Portuguese, the novel was translated into English by Margaret Jull Costa in The Catholic Church feels threatened by this new turn of events, as the intermitrncias of death would call into question one of the fundamental foundations of their dogma: The incapacitated are brought over the borders of the country, where they instantly die, as death has not ceased working elsewhere.


Upon visiting him, she plans to personally give him the letter; instead, she falls in love with him, and, by doing so, she becomes even more human-like.

Although originally intending merely to analyze this man and discover why he is unique, death eventually becomes infatuated with him, enough so that she takes on human form to meet him. The novel centers around death as both a phenomenon, and as an anthropomorphized character. This page was last edited on 21 Novemberat Funeral workers, on the other hand, fear the opposite problem: The violet-envelope-encased letters create a frenzy in the intermitencizs, as people are not just returned to dying, but also must face the specter of receiving one of these letters and having their fate sealed with it.

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The industry develops so quickly that the government itself becomes beholden to the maphioso, morge bringing it to the brink of war with its neighbors. Every time death sends him his letter, it returns. From here, the story largely moves on to focus on death’s relationship with an otherwise unremarkable cellist who, amazingly, will not die.

Saramago avoids using quotations to signify speech, instead relying on inline text, and the usage of capitalization to signify the start of a new speaker’s words.