About this book
In an unnamed country on the first day of the new year, people stop dying. Humanity seems to have achieved its greatest goal, eternal life. But 7 months later, Death returns, issuing purple envelopes informing the recipients that their time is up. This is a typically profound yet witty novel from the Portuguese Nobel Laureate; a major film of "Blindness" should also help to being his work to a wider audience. 'A delight: witty, clever, humane, light in tone, profoundly serious in matter' "Scotsman"
On the first day of the New Year, no one dies. This understandably causes great consternation amongst religious leaders - if there's no death, there can be no resurrection and therefore no reason for religion - and what will be the effect on pensions, the social services, hospitals?