Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Seeing by Jose Saramago

It's election day in an unnamed capital. A ceaseless, torrential rain keeps voters away from the polls.

The rain finally stops and residents rush out to vote, but the outcome of the election rattles the very foundation of the democracy: more than 70 percent of the ballots are blank. A second election only makes things worse. This time, 83 percent of the voters submit a blank ballot.

So begins "Seeing," Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago's unsettling allegory of power and politics that stays with you long after the last page is turned.

You can find the review here

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