“The following day, no one died, this fact being absolutely contradictory to life’s rules, provoked enormous and, in the circumstances, perfectly justifiable anxiety in people’s minds, for we have to consider that in the entire forty volumes of universal history there is no mention, not even one exemplary case, of such a phenomenon ever having occurred, for a whole day to go by, with its generous allowance of twenty-four hours, diurnal and nocturnal, matuntinal and verspertine, without one death from illness, a fatal fall, or a successful suicide, not one, not a single one….”
Death Without Interruptions
Author of All the Names, Blindness, and The Cave, Saramago was a Portuguese novelist, poet, playwright, journalist and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. He founded the National Front for the Defense of Culture (Lisbon, 1992) with Freitas-Magalhães and others. A proponent of libertarian communism,Saramago came into conflict with some groups, such as the Catholic Church. Saramago was an atheist who defended love as an instrument to improve the human condition.