Jose Saramago Updates “Cain”

Cain and Abel were, according to the Old Testament, two sons of Adam and Eve.
20140627_134848Cain is described as a crop farmer and his younger brother, Abel, as a shepherd. Cain was the first human born and Abel was the first human to die. 20140627_134224Cain committed the first murder by killing his brother. Interpretations of Genesis have typically assumed that the motives were jealousy and anger. 20140627_142100Jose Saramago offers a different story in his final work, Cain, stating that Cain killed Abel because he couldn’t kill God. 20140629_143653Saramago’s Cain states: Our god, the creator of heaven and earth, is completely mad.

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Only a madman unaware of what he is doing would admit to being directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and then behave as if nothing has happened, unless of course it’s not a case of real, authentic madness, but evil pure and simple.20140629_170419

(Photos: Istanbul, a 2600-year-old city of 14 million people and many old things.)

2 thoughts on “Jose Saramago Updates “Cain”

  1. We’re sick and tired of your ism and skism game
    Die and go to heaven in Jesus’ name, Lord
    We know when we understand
    Almighty God is a living man
    You can fool some people sometimes
    But you can’t fool all the people all the time
    So now we see the light
    We gonna stand up for our right

    – Bob Marley

    I think Bob should have capitalized ‘man’ to become Man as in if God is alive then He lives in Men – for certainly religion is a human fabrication and so to kill Man is to kill God.

    More pictures of worn out streets please, less graffiti – we get that it’s there, but you’ve covered it so well in NYC,.. starting to look the same,… We’re all the same – I get that, but more worn out streets and hand marks on the corners of buildings, worn down steps,. – the evidence of Man by the grace of His touch.

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