I loved the idea of people refusing to choose politicians, the utter disregard for so-called democratic institutions and that to spontaneously and not under the banner of any organisation---maybe this is where the world is moving to. But I failed to grasp the last bit of the story, what did Saramago want to say when he kills the women and its only the blind people who hear the shot? Is it hopelessness he wants to project? Do tell me what you feel?
Did you read "Blindness," too? I think the end of "Seeing" was more of the same-- the blind "see" and the "sighted" are blind, except for the exceptional Doctor's wife. I was not certain that the blind people at the end were visually blind or just the same as everyone else, who can't see... And once again, the closing comment was on the satisfaction about the cesastion of the howling dog, not a question about why anyone was firing three rifle shots in the middle of the capital. If the people were acually without sight, they were certainly without awareness, so maybe blind in both ways.
I think it is a confimation of the idea that mediocrity is the only acceptable mode, and the exceptional are threatening and get destroyed, even when it is the exceptional that might save the day, or the world.
I don't know if you have read or know the story of the Oedipus Rex, but again, there was a remarkable man who tried to escape his fate, a blind seer and an end in blindness. There seemed to be echoes of that in "Seeing" ~~No answers here, sorry!
زمانی که به دنیا می آییم ، قراردادی را برای زندگی کردن امضا می کنیم ، ولی سال ها بعد لحظاتی می رسد که از خود می پرسیم چه کسی این قرارداد را به جای من امضا کرده است ؟
بینایی . ژوزه ساراماگو