It should come as no surprise to readers that Saramago, who died last year, that the lowercase “god” in his final novel is an arbitrary, malicious tyrant. In a winkingly blasphemous retelling of the Old Testament, Cain observes the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, wreaks havoc on Noah’s Ark, and personally stays Abraham’s hand as he is about to sacrifice Isaac (the angel having been waylaid by mechanical problems). Saramago, playfully stretching his chatty late style, pokes holes in the stated logic of the Biblical God throughout the novel, and the author’s anger and despair at the deity’s cruelty cuts through his endless uninflected sentences. Saramago does seem to find some peace in ambivalent, epigrammatic wisdom: “The history of mankind is the history of our misunderstandings with god, for he doesn’t understand us, and we don’t understand him.
Publicado a 15 de Novembro de 2011