Fiction Saramago, Jose Seeing

ISBN 13: 9780156032735

Seeing

3.75 avg rating
( 11,487 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780156032735: Seeing

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.

In his new novel, José 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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

"He writes with wit, with heartbreaking dignity, and with the simplicity of a great artist in full control of his art. Let us listen to a true elder of our people, a man of tears, a man of wisdom" (Ursula Le Guin Guardian)

"A brilliant, cruelly ironic, surreal exposé of what we think of as civil society" (John Burnside Scotland on Sunday)

"Saramago portrays an instantly recognisable world in which our political masters bang on about democracy while pursuing policies without any regard to the normal standards of law and basic morality, but in this dense, dark and occasionally brutal book he never forgets the satirist's duty to be funny" (Peter Parker Sunday Times)

"This is political satire delivered with rare intellectual gravitas" ( Mail on Sunday)

"A profound fable" ( New Statesman)

From the Publisher:

A major new novel by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Saramago, José
Published by Harvest Books (2007)
ISBN 10: 0156032732 ISBN 13: 9780156032735
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Redux Books
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvest Books, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New and UNREAD paperback from bookstore stock. Very minor shelf wear. May contain remainder mark and price tag.; 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! Ships same or next business day!. Bookseller Inventory # 121703090033

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.09
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

José Saramago Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa
Published by Houghton Muffin Hartcourt Trade
ISBN 10: 0156032732 ISBN 13: 9780156032735
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Houghton Muffin Hartcourt Trade. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0156032732

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
5.84
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.81
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Saramago, Jose
ISBN 10: 0156032732 ISBN 13: 9780156032735
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97801560327350000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.84
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Jose Saramago
Published by HARVEST BOOKS, United States (2007)
ISBN 10: 0156032732 ISBN 13: 9780156032735
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HARVEST BOOKS, United States, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 201 x 135 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. A singular novel from the author of Blindness. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780156032735

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.12
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Saramago, Jose
Published by HARVEST BOOKS (2007)
ISBN 10: 0156032732 ISBN 13: 9780156032735
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller
PBShop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HARVEST BOOKS, 2007. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780156032735

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.20
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Saramago, José
Published by Harvest Books
ISBN 10: 0156032732 ISBN 13: 9780156032735
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 12
Seller
Movie Mars
(Indian Trail, NC, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvest Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0156032732 Brand New Book. Ships from the United States. 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee!. Bookseller Inventory # 4128325

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.09
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.20
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Jose Saramago
Published by HARVEST BOOKS, United States (2007)
ISBN 10: 0156032732 ISBN 13: 9780156032735
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HARVEST BOOKS, United States, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 201 x 135 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. A singular novel from the author of Blindness. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780156032735

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Saramago, Jose
ISBN 10: 0156032732 ISBN 13: 9780156032735
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 817939

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.28
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.20
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Saramago, José
Published by Harvest Books (2007)
ISBN 10: 0156032732 ISBN 13: 9780156032735
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvest Books, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 0156032732

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.40
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Saramago, Jose/ Costa, Margaret Jull (TRN)
ISBN 10: 0156032732 ISBN 13: 9780156032735
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatched within 2 working days from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-ING-00145220

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book