Bookmarks Magazine's Reviews > Seeing
by José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
The same dense, relentless style that has won Portuguese writer Saramago accolades throughout a long career meets with some ambivalence in Seeing, a sequel to Blindness (1998). In the manner of that earlier novel, Seeing combines the author's trademark verbal convolutions with an allegory of power and politics. Some critics argue that the novel's allegorical plot misses the mark or simply falls flat; most, however, recognize the octogenarian's skill as a satirist and cultural critic. Saramago's work has been compared to that of J. M. Coetzee, James Joyce, and Marcel Proust, among others, for its ability to present big ideas in transcendent__albeit often difficult__prose. Few critics dispute the passion and depth of Saramago's vision, even if several take issue with his politics.
This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.