Two decades after Portuguese novelist and Nobel Laureate José Saramago shocked the religious world with his novel The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, he has done it again with Cain, a satire of the Old Testament. Written in the last years of Saramago's life, it tackles many of the moral and logical non sequiturs created by a wilful, authoritarian God, and forms part of Saramago's long argument with religion.

The stories in this book are witty and provocative. After Adam and Eve have been cast out of Eden, Eve decides to go back and ask the angel guarding the gate if he can give her some of the fruit that is going to waste inside. The angel agrees, and although Eve swears to Adam that she offered the angel nothing in return, their first child is suspiciously blond and fair-skinned. Cain, in his wandering, overhears a strange conversation between a man named Abraham and his son Isaac - and manages to prevent the father from murdering the son. The angel appointed by God to prevent the murder arrives late due to a wing malfunction. Cain brushes off his apology. 'What would have happened if I hadn't been here?' Cain asks, 'and what kind of god would ask a father to sacrifice his own son?'

Genre: Literary Fiction

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December 2011 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Cain (Center Point Platinum Fiction (Large Print))
Author(s): Jose Saramago
ISBN: 1-61173-260-3 / 978-1-61173-260-3 (USA edition)
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September 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: Cain
Author(s): Jose Saramago
ISBN: 0-547-41989-9 / 978-0-547-41989-3 (USA edition)
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July 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: Cain
Author(s): Jose Saramago
ISBN: 1-84655-446-2 / 978-1-84655-446-9 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

March 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cain (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Jose Saramago
ISBN: 1-78487-180-X / 978-1-78487-180-2 (UK edition)
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October 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cain
Author(s): Jose Saramago
ISBN: 0-547-84017-9 / 978-0-547-84017-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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July 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cain
Author(s): Jose Saramago
ISBN: 0-09-955224-8 / 978-0-09-955224-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 2012 : Paperback
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Title: CAIN
Author(s): JOSE SARAMAGO
ISBN: 2757826611 / 978-2757826614
Publisher: POINTS
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2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cain
Author(s): Jose Saramago
ISBN: 1-84655-543-4 / 978-1-84655-543-5 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

August 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: CAIN
Author(s): Jose Saramago
ISBN: 1-5318-0248-6 / 978-1-5318-0248-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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November 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Cain
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July 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Cain
Author(s): Jose Saramago
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2009 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Cain
Author(s): Jose Saramago
ISBN: 1-4464-7128-4 / 978-1-4464-7128-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: AudioGo LTd
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Kindle Editions

October 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Cain
Author(s): Jose Saramago
Publisher: Mariner Books
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July 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Cain
Author(s): Jose Saramago
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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