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Eseu despre luciditate Romanul Eseu despre luciditate debuteaza cu un scrutin general in capitala unei tari imaginare, dar perfect obisnuite La sfirsitul zilei, se numara voturile si reiese ca aproximativ saptezeci la suta dintre electori nu alesesera pe cineva Duminica urmatoare oamenii sint din nou chemati sa voteze si, de data aceasta, numarul de voturi fara optiune depaseste optzeci la suta Membrii guvernului intra in panica, o molima pare sa le submineze demersurile politice si, daca este asa, atunci aceasta trebuie anihilata Incercind sa afle care ar putea fi explicatia unui asemenea fenomen, ei incep o vasta operatiune politieneasca, culminind, in lipsa de rezultate, cu instaurarea starii de asediu si retragerea guvernului din capitala provizoriu, sustin mai marii, pina cind populatia capitalei va reveni la sentimente mai bune in ceea ce priveste puterea politica, cea despre care se presupune ca ar trebui sa i reprezinte Izolati si lipsiti de indrumare, cetatenii capitalei au reactii dintre cele mai imprevizibile Oh, Jos Saramago I do not know whether to feelhope or despair Seeing was slow to get going, in part because, at first, there were really no characters I suspect this was intentional, as the nameless people of the novel only emerge and become interesting as their consciences awaken and they becomethan just the furniture of the political military bureaucratic complex About halfway through, the novel picks up and becomes the moving and compelling story of a man who becomes aware Oh, Jos Saramago I do not know whether to feelhope or despair Seeing was slow to get going, in part because, at first, there were really no characters I suspect this was intentional, as the nameless people of the novel only emerge and become interesting as their consciences awaken and they becomethan just the furniture of the political military bureaucratic complex About halfway through, the novel picks up and becomes the moving and compelling story of a man who becomes aware begins to see what s going on and his journey of confusion, conscience, courage, and humility as he figures out what can and must be done, and what he himself can and must do Jos Saramago, I am grateful that you walked the earth and blessed us with your compassionate vision I chose Jos Saramago s Seeing as an October read because Brazil held Presidential Elections on October 5th 1st round and October 26th 2nd round, since no candidate receivedthan 50% of the valid votes the first time Brazilian voting system is similar to that of the book s unnamed place in that it is compulsory We ve had the closest race ever, with elected President winning by 51.6% against second place with 48.4%.The book s story begins precisely on Election Day Only the race wasn t I chose Jos Saramago s Seeing as an October read because Brazil held Presidential Elections on October 5th 1st round and October 26th 2nd round, since no candidate receivedthan 50% of the valid votes the first time Brazilian voting system is similar to that of the book s unnamed place in that it is compulsory We ve had the closest race ever, with elected President winning by 51.6% against second place with 48.4%.The book s story begins precisely on Election Day Only the race wasn t that close, even though it came out without a clear winner 83% of the votes were cast as blank It s as if Saramago just read The Trial and asked himself what if people rebelled against bureaucracy for once , thus revenging K s sad fate In Brazil, it is always emphasized that voting is not only an obligation, but also a right I suspect the population in this story also believed that to be trueCasting a ballot is your irrevocable right, and no one will ever deny you that right, but just as you tell children not to play with matches, so we warn whole peoples of the dangers of playing with dynamiteOnce again, Saramago proposes that we ponder on a very difficult situation in this follow up to his masterpiece Blindness Not only the blank votes could be seen as a similar pest to the inexplicable blindness that happened in his early work both are represented by the color white , characters that experienced the blindness also appear in Seeing The doctor s wife, the only known person who didn t go blind back then, could, somehow, be related to this apparent insurgence The government, desperately in search of someone to blame, might think so Without any sort of analysis, the leaders s first reaction was to wonder whether this was a conspiracy taking place before their very own eyes Were they worried about the city in the first place, that would be ok It turned out that was not the caseIt is an unwavering rule for those in power that, when it comes to heads, it is best to cut them off before they start thinking, afterwards, it might be too lateThe dialogues between the leading men in charge the fact that there wasn t any female character in the government is a sad subject that deserves a whole book about it were realistic but also disgusting to read It s just oneexample where we are able to witness how corruptive and addictive power can be to our race it seems to be humanity s Achilles heel The very power that was given by the people to the government is used against them no matter what in order to be sustainedBut truths need to be repeated many times so that they don t, poor things, lapse into oblivionAnother parallel to our Brazilian election was the role played by the press A couple of days before the second round, the leading weekly publication in the country and one of the most influential outlets released an extra edition carrying severe complaints about one of the candidates the one who would end up winning It seems it was all manipulated and that the source for the article never uttered the bombastic words used in the headlines In Seeing, the author described how the press serves the government in order to bias the public opinion and how the vehicles that try to go against it and remain impartial can suffer drastic consequencesWe are born, and at that moment, it is as if we had signed a pact for the rest of our life, but a day may come when we will ask ourselves Who signed this on my behalfThis is my third Saramago novel, and it definitely won t be the last His witty remarks, fun observations and sarcasm applied to sensitive subjects but also to daily, ordinary ones that one wouldn t normally pay any attention to always make me smile and warm my heart Rating 4 white stars Powerful Sinister Cynical Idiosyncratic Sagacious Fun Modern, imaginative, well written This guy s got game Set in an unnamed city, once again Jose Saramago creates an impossible sitiuation in order to write about the human condition Jose Saramago was a humble genius, one of the rare few writers who could talk about the trival and mundane and make them seem so magical and important.As usual, he sets out to explore and joust with preconceived universal truths and every day notions, and exposes them, flips them on their heads, re affirms familiar and age old truths because in his own words But truths Set in an unnamed city, once again Jose Saramago creates an impossible sitiuation in order to write about the human condition Jose Saramago was a humble genius, one of the rare few writers who could talk about the trival and mundane and make them seem so magical and important.As usual, he sets out to explore and joust with preconceived universal truths and every day notions, and exposes them, flips them on their heads, re affirms familiar and age old truths because in his own words But truths need to be repeated many times so that they don t, poor things, lapse into oblivion and even recalls to my own memory something I read by the controversial novelist and critic John Gardner last year What the best fiction does is make powerful affirmations of familiar truthsthe trivial fiction which times filters out is that which either makes wrong affirmations or else makes affirmations in a squeaky little voice If the shoe fits This time around in the nameless city, 83% of the population have cast blank votes in an otherwise well run, organised democratic nation, as shown at the beginning of the novel This novel acts like an inverted Kafka piece this time the bureaucracy and snivelling politicians are having the nightmare.The idea explored here, and it is a novel of ideas, is what would happen if democracy failed Casting a blank vote is a perfectly legal thing to do and since the novel has no secret eventually revealed conspirator behind the blank votes other than Saramago himself it is quite clear that it is not important how the masses managed to simultaneously think and act upon the radical action of casting a blank vote Saramago is concerned with the aftermath, the ramifications and gives him a unique canvass to paint his wise thoughts onto.The first half of the novel is bitingly sarcastic as he spends entire chapters attacking goverment protocal, endless ill defined jargon and just seems to have fun trivialising and mocking government hierarchy the powers that be spend unusual amounts of time putting each other in place and correcting each other s words This is something Saramago does in all his works that I have read thus far, he is fascinated with linguistics, I mean, how can people lay siege to a city that they are already in In Blindness, Saramago showed how ordinary people would resort to barbarism when everything failed, this time around it is the government The Interior Minister and his sub ordinates who act inhumanely spying, imprisonment, interrogation, andwhich ends in them evacuating the city, thus leaving the amusingly named Blankers to their own ends It goes like this, the city s inhabitants get by fine and the government behaves worse and worse.In typical Saramago style Style is imperfection says Orhan Pamuk in his novel My Name Is Red he writes sentences that run on for large paragraphs, sometimes even entire pages, he only uses commas and full stops, the occasional parentheses,never an exclamtion mark as he is too gentle an author to do that The characters are named by their job titles and position within the hierarchy When we are born, when we enter this world, he explains, it is as if we signed a pact for the rest of our life, but a day may come when we will ask ourselves Who signed this on my behalf, well, I asked myself that question Those are the words uttered by the hero of the novel, who starts off as a specially trained police inflitrator, who goes into the city to find out the cause of the mass blank voting, everyone is baffled and desperate, and they decide to blame the heroine from Saramago s novel Blindness This is a loose sequel of sorts, don t be fooled who kept her sight while everyone else went blind It is only after some time that our hero the superintendent ponders and utters those words quoted above that he decides to do the right thing and brings all the information he has collected about the case and the government s plan to scape goat the woman from the previous disaster to the media who help expose their plans.There isn t really a resolution to the story in any conventional story telling fashion, and it s worth noting that the original titles for this novel and blindness translated literally into english would be An Essay On Blindness and An Essay On Seeing I d recommend this novel to anyone who loves language, disgressions on just about all the usual worldly topics that Saramago talks about, and all the metaphysical and philosophical questions that he asks and ponders so well His comments on religion, faith and gods are always a treat to read, so insightful historically and joyously, pointedly funny

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