“This witty and deeply moving story begins one day when people stop dying. The series of events that follow are perfectly believable -- including complaints to the government from funeral directors reduced to pet burials. Nobel laureate Saramago has written a novel that exposes the insanities of modern life while showing us the essence of what makes it all worthwhile. Truly a modern classic.”
— Bob Sommer, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ
JOSÉ SARAMAGO (1922–2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasar and Blimunda, and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
MARGARET JULL COSTA has established herself as the premier translator of Portuguese literature into English today.