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JOSÉ SARAMAGO, DEATH WITH INTERRUPTIONS

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Death With Interruptions by José Saramago [Harcourt, $24]

The Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese author of Blindness makes a hoary concept (death takes a holiday) new again, teasing out the implications of immortality, from the practical (overpopulated retirement centers, unemployed undertakers) to the profound (the end of religion). Timothy Hodler

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