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December 12, 2009

40 Down, 12 To Go "Death with Interruptions" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

I chose to read Jose Saramango's Death with Interruptions for several reasons. First, although I have heard critical praises for Saramango's work, I had never read any of his books. Second, I try to choose authors for the 52 Books 52 Weeks reading project who are unlikely to submit to the Book Notes series, which sadly includes many authors translated into English. Third, a good friend hasn't stopped raving about the book for months...

Saramango's Death with Interruptions is a compelling philosophical fable about death. Big questions are posed. What would happen to a society if people stopped dying? If the rules of death changed? Even with such a deep theme, Saramango's prose is wonderfully subtle and often whimsical, and his eventual personification of death is unforgettable.

For one month, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.

My next book is Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater, by Eric P. Nash.

also at Largehearted Boy:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2009 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Online "best of 2009" book lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)


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