sexta-feira, 22 de junho de 2012

India: Identity lost to an identical other

I typically take a book to bed, read a few pages and slip into torpor. But, The Double is no book for that.
It is an unputdownable page-turner, which will leave you with a churn in your stomach, and imagining someone outside the window after the light are turned off.
Jose Saramago, the first Portuguese language writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, effectively uses the stream of consciousness technique to explore his protagonist, Tertuliano Maximo Afonso. Through this novel written in 2004, the leftist author makes references to the tricky subject of cloning and the complexities it poses to individuals and society. The Nobel committee had, in 1998, praised him for his ‘modern scepticism’ of official truths, which is quite evident in this oeuvre.

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