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Description - Seeing by Jose Saramago

Despite the heavy rain, the presiding officer at Polling Station 14 finds it odd that by midday on National Election day, only a handful of voters have turned out. uzzlement swiftly escalates to shock when eventually, after an extension, the final count reveals seventy per cent of the votes are blank not spoiled, simply blank. National law decrees the election should be repeated eight days later. The result is worse; eighty-three per cent of the votes are blank. The incumbent government receives eight per cent and the opposition even less. The authorities, seized with panic, decamp from the capital and place it under a state of emergency. ho are the insurgents? Why the desire to destabilise the country? The authorities leap from one possibility to the next, but achieve nothing. The lack of hostility exacerbates things, since how can justice be meted out when not a single law has been broken? To all intents and purposes the administration is blind. Similarities to the plague of blindness that struck the city four years ago become apparent. n his new novel, Jose Saramago has deftly created the politician s ultimate nightmare- disillusionment not with one party, but with all, t

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099483625
ISBN-10: 0099483629
Format: Paperback
(200mm x 132mm x 20mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jose Saramago

Jose Saramago was born in Portugal in 1922 and has been a full-time writer since 1979. His oeuvre embraces plays, poetry, short stories, non-fiction and ten novels, which have been translated into more than forty languages and have established him as the most influential Portuguese writer of his generation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998. i> i>Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa

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