José Saramago's Seeing.

José Saramago's Seeing.

Reading between the lines.
April 10 2006 6:24 AM

The Election With No Results

José Saramago's timely political parable.

(Continued from Page 1)

In a famous poem, written in East Germany in 1953, Brecht quotes a contemporary as saying that the people have lost the trust of the government. Would it not therefore be easier, Brecht slyly asks, to dissolve the people and have the government elect another one? Saramago's novel is a parable of what happens when neither government nor people can be dissolved.

Michael Wood, who teaches at Princeton, is the author, most recently, of Literature and the Taste of Knowledge.

  Slate Plus
Culturebox
Aug. 3 2015 11:48 AM Behind the Year of Outrage  Here’s how Slate tracked down everything we were angry about in 2014. 
  Health & Science
Science
Aug. 3 2015 3:29 PM We Don’t Really Care About Car Accidents Driving is horrifyingly dangerous. It doesn’t need to be this way.