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. Puzzlement 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 ...
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. Puzzlement 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. Who 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. In his new novel, Jose Saramago has deftly created the politician's ultimate nightmare: disillusionment not with one party, but with all, thereby rendering the entire democratic system useless. "Seeing" explores how simply this could be achieved and how devastating the results might be.
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"Seeing" appears to be a sequel to amazing and interesting previous Saramago book - Blindness. As Blindness is overwhelming and thought provoking, seeing builds on the Blindness's success and doesn't add much. 4 years after the Blindness epidemic, a local election is run - 83% of the people vote white votes (i.e. - don't pick any party) and the government starts working hard on finding out who is responsible for this so-called anti-democratic act ... all this is connected through a long, winding tale to the Blindness epidemic but lives the reader tired and feeling he has spent his precious time on a useless story... Stick to rereading Blindness and forget reading Seeing - Some things are better left in the dark.
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