Monday, April 10, 2006

None of the Above

What happens when a majority of a country's voters democratically vote for none of the candidates on the ballot? This is the premise of Jose Saramago's new novel Seeing. Slate's Michael Wood reviews.

If you're not familiar with Saramago then you're missing out on one of the best, political novelists of the second half of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st. I've only read Blindness -- which should be read because Seeing picks up fours years later -- and it was a brilliant work of human fragility and the will to perservere and maintain our humanness in the most degrading of circumstances.

As for the political orientation of his work? Well let's just say it's quite crimson.