Micro-obituário de Harold Bloom sobre José Saramago

Na última edição do ano passado, a revista Time disse adeus a 25 figuras que morreram em 2010, entre as quais J.D. Salinger, Dennis Hopper, Richard Holbrooke, Tony Curtis, Arthur Penn e Bobby Thomson (o jogador de basebol que foi autor do home run descrito por Don DeLillo nas páginas iniciais de Submundo). Europeus, apenas quatro: Éric Rohmer, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander McQueen e José Saramago. Eis o textinho sobre o Nobel português, assinado por Harold Bloom:

«José Saramago, whom I remember with great affection, will be a permanent part of the Western canon. He was the first Portuguese-language writer to win the Nobel Prize and is probably best known now for Blindness — an interesting antitotalitarian allegory. His many novels have astonishing variety and sensitivity and a versatile range that embraces tragicomedy and something close to old-fashioned quest romance.
My own favorites among his books include the darkly comic The Gospel According to Jesus Christ and the frightening Blindness. But I have more pleasure in returning to his deeply comic works, such as The Stone Raft, The History of the Siege of Lisbon and, most of all, The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis.
In all of his wonderful meditations upon the ruefulness of our lives, there is always the spirit of laughter beckoning us in the art of somehow going on. His achievement is one of the enlargements of life.»

«Tenho a suspeita de que a espécie humana - a única - está prestes a extinguir-se e que a Biblioteca perdurará: iluminada, solitária, infinita, perfeitamente imóvel, armada de volumes preciosos, inútil, incorruptível, secreta» Jorge Luis Borges