"He got ahead of us; he is ahead of us. His work belongs to our future."—Ursula K. Le Guin
In this, his last novel, José Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Old Testament through the story of Cain.
Condemned to wander forever after he kills Abel, Cain is whisked around in time and space. He experiences the almost-sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham, the Tower of Babel, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Joshua at the battle of Jericho, Job's ordeal, and finally Noah's ark and the Flood. And over and over again Cain encounters an unjust, even cruel God. A startling, beautifully written, and powerful book, Cain is in all ways fitting end to Saramago's extraordinary career. From the back cover
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