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Seeing

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On election day in the capital, it is raining so hard that no one has bothered to come out to vote. The politicians are growing jittery. Should they reschedule the elections for another day? Around three o'clock, the rain finally stops. Promptly at four, voters rush to the polling stations, as if they had been ordered to appear.

But when the ballots are counted, more than 70 percent are blank. The citizens are rebellious. A state of emergency is declared. But are the authorities acting too precipitously? Or even blindly? The word evokes terrible memories of the plague of blindness that hit the city four years before, and of the one woman who kept her sight. Could she be behind the blank ballots? A police superintendent is put on the case.

What begins as a satire on governments and the sometimes dubious efficacy of the democratic system turns into something far more sinister.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 307 pages
  • 136 x 204 x 20mm | 290g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156032732
  • 9780156032735
  • 87,209

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"I have never read a novel that gets so many details of the political behavior that we for some reason insist on calling 'organized' so hilariously and grimly right." "Chicago Tribune
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On election day in the capital, it is raining so hard that no one has bothered to come out to vote. Around three o clock, the rain finally stops. Promptly at four, voters rush to the polling stations, as if they had been ordered to appear. But when the ballots are counted, more than 70 percent are blank. The citizens are rebellious. A state of emergency is declared. But are the authorities acting too precipitously? Or even blindly? The word evokes terrible memories of the plague of blindness that hit the city four years before, and of the one woman who kept her sight. Could she be behind the blank ballots? A police superintendent is put on the case.
What begins as a satire on governments and the sometimes dubious efficacy of the democratic system turns into something far more sinister.

"[A] searching, dry-witted, spot-on political parable." "The New York Observer"

"Saramago understands that ridicule is a terrifically effective political weapon, and in "Seeing" he makes it his business to turn repression into farce." "The New York Times Book Review
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JOSE SARAMAGO is one of the most acclaimed writers in the world today. He is the author of numerous novels, including "All the Names, Blindness, " and "The Cave." In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He lives in Spain."
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"We live in age when democracy is being touted as the panacea to the world's ills -- and not just abroad. 'Seeing' suggests a more complicated scenario. It offers that democracy is welcome in our times: that is, so long as it produces the results those in power want."
-- (05/21/2006)
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15,578 ratings
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4 39% (6,035)
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2 7% (1,125)
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