Jose Saramago


“There are times when it is best to be content with what one has, so as not to lose everything.”

“I never appreciated “positive heroes” in literature. They are almost always clichés, copies of copies, until the model is exhausted. I prefer perplexity, doubt, uncertainty, not just because it provides a more “productive” literary raw material, but because that is the way we humans really are. A human being is a being who is constantly “under construction,” but also, in a parallel fashion, always in a state of constant destruction. I recall what Marx and Engels wrote in The Holy Family: “If man is formed by circumstances, then these circumstances must be formed by man.” These words condense, in my opinion, embody political thought at its most generous and humanist.”

Jose Saramago, Interview with Political Affairs


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