New York: Harcourt, Inc. 2008. First American edition. Hardcover. 238 pp. 21x14cm. Green boards with black dust jacket. Title in white. NEW. Item #15115
Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
On the first day of the new year, no one dies. This , of course, causes consternation among politicians, religious leaders morticians, and doctors. Among the gernal public, on the other hand, there is celebration - flags are hung out on blconies, people dance in the streets. They have achieved the great goal of humanity: eternal life. The reality hits home - families are left to care for the permanently dying, life-insurance policies become meaningless, and funeral parlors are reduced to arranging burials for pet dogs, cats, hamsters, and parrots.
Death sits in her chilly apartment, where she lives alone with her scythe and filing cabinets, and contemplates her experiment: Waht if no one ever died again? What if she, death with a small d, became human and were to fall in love?