Saramago’s vision

Jose Saramago’s Seeing may be topical, says Chris Lehmann, but more than that, it’s timeless.

Early reviews of Mr. Saramago’s book have made much of its topicality, how it mirrors all manner of recent political crises, from Bush v. Gore to the ‘war on terror’ to this month’s immigration rallies. But the larger point about this searching, dry-witted, spot-on political parable is its pertinence to any political age in which government is blind to the will of the governed.

If you’ve ever had trouble with Saramago’s prose, read Ursula K. LeGuin’s conversion story.

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