Private: Saramago (Blindness) expects new novel to generate controversy

Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago’s latest novel, Essay on Lucidity, is a “fable about a right-wing government’s violent reaction to an election in which 83% of the votes cast are blank.” The author expects the book to generate controversy but expresses hope that it will “inspire disgruntled voters around the world to cast blank votes to show their disappointment instead of just staying away from the ballot box.” (Via TEV.)