The prime minister's final flourish, "Honor your country, for the
eyes of the country are upon you," complete with drumrolls and bugle
blasts unearthed from the attics of the mustiest of national
rhetoric, was ruined by a "Good night" that rang entirely false, but
then that is the great thing about ordinary words, they are incapable
— José Saramago
Senhor Saramago will be 84 next November. His new novel will be
published in April. I was fortunate
to be asked to write an early review for the Manchester Guardian.
Seeing is a sequel to his Nobel Prize novel Blindness, and a most
extraordinary, deeply moving book. I hope people familiar with
Saramago's style will forgive me for introducing quotation marks into
the quotation above, but I figured that without them it wouldn't make
much sense to people unfamiliar with the way he doesn't punctuate.
Please don't tell Senhor Saramago that I punctuated him.
Copyright © 2006 by Ursula K. Le Guin