By José Saramago
«Em A Jangada de Pedra (...) o escritor recorre a um estratagema típico. Uma série de acontecimentos sobrenaturais culmina na separação da Península Ibérica que começa a vogar no Atlântico, inicialmente em direcção aos Açores. A situação criada por Saramago dá-lhe um sem-número de oportunidades para, no seu estilo muito pessoal, tecer comentários sobre as grandezas e pequenezas da vida, ironizar sobre as autoridades e os políticos e, talvez muito especialmente, com os actores dos jogos de poder na alta política. O engenho de Saramago está ao serviço da sabedoria.» (Real Academia Sueca, eight de Outubro de 1998)
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Crowned by an eccentric star of jagged masonry cut centuries ago into the brown stone, it now conceals secret constructions under the innocence of grassy knolls. . . . . . . We would have loved it had it not been for those hidden ramparts, those old cannons with their carriages trained low on the city, that mast with its mocking flag, those silent sentries with their olive-drab masks posted at every corner. The mountain was a prison— subjugating, intimidating the city, blocking off its horizon with its dark mass under the most beautiful of suns.
In war the blood of all men is brewed together in the trenches. The same desire to live and to possess a woman made soldiers on furlough of every race, marked for every conceivable kind of death, wander the streets. The maimed and the gassed, green-faced, encounter those as yet vigorous and whole, bronze skinned, the maimed and the gassed of tomorrow. Some of tomorrow’s corpses were laughing raucously. Paris in 26 birth of our power darkness, the drawn faces of women in the poorer quarters during the bitter February cold, the feverish exhaustion of streets endlessly bearing the burden of an immense disbanded army, the sickly intimacy of certain homes where the war entered with the air you breathed, like a slow asphyxiating gas—remained implanted in my very nerves.
The mask adjusts; the false smile is now real. ” José brings out his right hand too. Relaxed, they exchange glances, a tiny white spark still burning deep in their eyes. Having lighted their cigarettes, they move on without turning around. The sentry’s hands relax their grip on the rifle barrel, the plump woman heaves a long sigh from behind her high grilled window. What happened? Nothing. Why nothing of course. But what heat! Jesus, it’s hot. • The perfume of flowers mingles at moments with the salt smell of the nearby sea.
A Jangada de Pedra by José Saramago