I love this freakin’ guy!


Just because you’re old, doesn’t mean you don’t have any fight left in you. Take Jose Saramago, (who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1998) for instance; he’s recently written a book entitled “Cain”, which is an ironic retelling of the story of Cain in the Bible. At 86 years of age, he’s still able to cause a media frenzy, especially after stating publicly the Bible itself is a “handbook of bad morals“. I officially love this crusty old SOB.

Saramago attacked “a cruel, jealous and unbearable God (who) exists only in our heads” and said he did not think his book would cause problems for the Catholic Church “because Catholics do not read the Bible.

Oh Snap! Until this day I was completely unaware of this guy, or the fact that he wrote a book in 1992 called “The Gospel According to Jesus Christ“. In it, God uses Jesus to try and control the world. Sounds like a fucking hoot! Looks like I need to add this author to my “must read their books” pile,  which seems to keep growing even as my pocketbook shrinks…

Comments (3)

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    Lilly

    Oh, I love Saramago, he’s awesome! Ensaio sobre a Cegueira (Blindness) is one of the best books I’ve ever read and Cain and The Gospel will be added to my ‘must read’ list as well.

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    Alastair

    hint hint, jacob needs money!

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    Márcio

    Saramago is my countryman, so I can vouch that he’s a devout atheist, but this later rant seemed more like a publicity stunt than anything else, he’s new book was coming out, he wanted the free press, and what better way to get it than to piss off alot of christians, ovecourse it worked, this was really big news in Portugal, the man is a genious…
    His books are really good, but his writing style can be a bit too much… still worth checking them out for sure.

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