The Nature of
The Obscurity of

The frequent reluctance of obvious truths to reveal themselves without first playing hard to get really ought to be the object of deep analysis by experts, who must be out there somewhere, on the difference, but certainly not opposing, natures of the visible and the invisible, in the sense of finding out if, in the innermost part of what it revealed to us...
...there exists, as there are strong motives to suspect, some chemical or physical quality with a perverse tendency toward negation or extinction, a threatening slide in the direction of zero, and obsessive dream of the void.

---From The Cave
José Saramago,
Margaret Jull Costa, Translator
© 2003 Harvest Books/Harcourt

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