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Ensayo Sobre la Lucidez / Awakening

by Jose Saramago

ISBN 8466314741 / 9788466314749 / 84-663-1474-1
Publisher Punto de Lectura
Country Spain
Language Spanish
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What would happen if an entire population decided to cast a blank vote in their town elections? In this new novel, a policeman and the woman who was able to maintain her sight in the novel Blindness, are samples of the moral heights that these anonymous citizens are able to reach when they decide to exert their freedom. Saramago, a writer who has become the awakening conscience of a time blinded by the mechanisms of power, sends out an alert: "There may be a day when we will have to ask, Who has signed this in my name?" That day may very well be today.

Description in Spanish: Durante las elecciones municipales de una ciudad sin nombre, la mayoría de sus habitantes decide individualmente ejercer su derecho al voto de una manera inesperada. El gobierno teme que ese gesto revolucionario, capaz de socavar los cimientos de una democracia degenerada, sea producto de una conjura anarquista internacional o de grupos extremistas desconocidos. Las cloacas del poder se ponen en marcha: los culpables tienen que ser eliminados. Y si no se hallan, se inventan.

Con esta obra Saramago, un escritor que se ha convertido en la conciencia lúcida de una época cegada por los mecanismos del poder, lanza una llamada de alerta: «Puede suceder que un día tengamos que preguntarnos Quién ha firmado esto por mí». Ese día puede ser hoy. [via]