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In Nomine Dei

In Nomine Dei
1993

The events described in this piece represent, in a single case, a tragic chapter in the long and apparently irremediable history of human intolerance. Let them read it thus, and so understand it, believers and unbelievers, and they will, perhaps, do themselves a favor. Animals, of course, don't need

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In Nomine Dei

2018 (1st edition at Porto Editora; 6th edition)


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The calligraphy on the cover is by the musician and writer Jorge Vaz de Carvalho

«“Between man, with his reason, and animals, with his instinct, who, after all, will be best equipped for the government of life?” Does not make sense? “If dogs had invented a God, would they fight over differences of opinion as to what to name him, Perdigueiro was, or Lobo-d'Alsace? And if they agreed on the appellation, would they, generation after generation, go around biting each other because of the shape of their ears or the tuft of their canine Deus? “These considerations could be taken as offensive, but José Saramago tries to defend himself: “It is not my fault or my discreet atheism if in Münster, in the 16th century, as in so many other times and places, Catholics and Protestants were slaughtering. to one another in the name of God – “In Nomine Dei” – to come to reach, in eternity, the same Paradise.” “The events described in this piece represent, only, a tragic chapter in the long and, apparently, irremediable history of human intolerance”, explains the author. “Let them read it thus, and so understand it, believers and unbelievers, and they will, perhaps, do themselves a favor. Animals, of course, don't need to.”» (Diário de Notícias, October 9, 1998)