Margaret Jull Costa
10) The archer
13) The cave
16) The infatuations
17) All the names
Senhor José is a low-grade clerk in the city's Central Registry, where the living and the dead share the same shelf space. A middle-aged bachelor, he has no interest in anything beyond the certificates of birth, marriage, divorce, and death that are his daily routine. But one day, when he comes across the records of an anonymous young woman, something happens to him. Obsessed, Senhor José sets off to follow the thread that may lead...
A "winkingly blasphemous retelling of the Old Testament" by the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Gospel According the Jesus Christ (The New Yorker).
In José Saramago final novel, he daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Old Testament. Placing the despised murderer Cain in the role of protagonist, this epic tale ranges from the Garden of Eden, when God realizes he has forgotten