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Book Club

21.01.19 - Book Club_Death at intervals.jpg

Venue: Create Place at 29 Old Ford Rd

6:30pm - 8:30pm | Free

The Book Club was established in 2010 to offer space to explore the pleasure and complexity of modern and contemporary fiction and meets on the third Monday of every month.

Throughout 2019, the club's guiding theme will be books in translation, taking a world tour through fiction in translation. For January, the book will be Death at Intervals by Jose Saramago. Please note, it has also been published under the title Death with Interruptions.

From the blurb:

In an unnamed country on the first day of the new year, people stop dying. Amid the general public, there is great celebration: flags are hung out on balconies and people dance in the streets. They have achieved the great goal of humanity - eternal life. Death is on strike.

Soon, though, the residents begin to suffer. For several months undertakers face bankruptcy, the church is forced to reinvent its doctrine, and local 'maphia' smuggle those on the brink of death over the border where they can expire naturally.

Death does return eventually, but with a new, courteous approach - delivering violet warning letters to her victims. But what can death do when a letter is unexpectedly returned?