Sunday, 26 March 2017

Revoke his prize: All the Names by José Saramago

Saramago wrote All the Names in 1997, the year before receiving the Swedish Virtue Signallers’ Prize for Leftist Scribblers, which as everyone knows chooses recipients on the basis of political ideology and not literary merit. But they made a mistake with this guy; he's not the vibrant-hugging anarcho-communist everyone thinks he is.

For a start, there’s not a single Muslim, transgender, queer, bisexual, lesbian, gender fluid, refugee, border hopper in the whole book. Even worse, all the characters are Portuguese natives who take their jobs and role in the community seriously. There’s not a single act of rebellion against white privilege, and women have babies and obey their husbands. The man was clearly a white cis male supremacist.

In light of this, I have no doubt that leftists are burning effigies or, better still, lopping the head off his commemorative statue as I write, and with some luck are melting it down to make ‘she persisted’ buttons for Islamic terrorists organising Sharia law marches in America.

I trust the League of Swedish Pansies has learned its lesson and refrain from making fools out of us again.

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