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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No. Not from the loss of blood. Concussion. " Phillip took this information into his mind carefully, as if he were undecided where to lay it. Danelaw stood up. " he asked. " Phi11ip did not answer, but he did not protest when the man 51 put him on his stomach and untied his nightshirt. Nor did he think it strange that the man knew his way around a hospital. He shivered at the first icy touch of alcohol against his skin, but he soon relaxed under the hypnotic rhythm of the man's slow fingers. And he started to talk.
No, don't do that," Bruner said, to Phillip's surprise. He explained, "You'd be doing yourself more harm than good. " He was remembering how proud his father had been of him the day he had been commissioned, how his father had flown East to see him graduated. Phillip thought of returning to Devereaux in disgrace. A prison sentence. Absurd. It must not happen. He bad been a fool to risk his commission against the satisfaction of baiting his captain. He could see a hundred things he could have done to save himself all this embarrassment.
He could appreciate Francis' hatred for him, for he returned it; but Bruner was beyond all reason. Beyond reason, too, but by another standard, was this man Danelaw. o~lems before him, the first of which was Timothy Danelaw. Was the obvious explanation the only reason for the man's interest in him? Homosexuality was no stranger to the Navy or to Phillip. Many years ago, and without too many serious qualms, Phillip had admitted to himself that certain men found him more than interesting. He looked upon this fact as a potential weapon which he might better use to his own advantage rather than have it used against him-so long as it was confined to those limits within which he had been reared.
A Jangada de Pedra by José Saramago