Italo Calvino described his The Observer as follows: "It took me ten years to write such a short novel, longer than any of my previous works." The book is less than a hundred pages. Since this book is more like a novel with a prose structure, it will endlessly expand simple storyline, breaking down various boundaries and restrictions, and freely introduce various tales of New dimensions of life, pain, compassion, democracy, freedom, but in end. at same time, without feeling off topic and central.
If name "Observer" is translated literally, then in fact it is "Explorer's Day". This title is enough to present content of book. What Olmeya saw, heard and felt while working at polling station. Amerigo joined party, but he is not a so-called "activist". He longs for a stable and comfortable life. He will choose only work that he considers suitable for himself. In party organization, others usually think that he is stable and rational, so he took a job as an observer, observing voting process at polling stations established in large religious institutions. This characteristic of Amerigo is more like most people in middle, so as an outside observer and thinker, Amerigo is more like a tool, a system, and can be anyone.
Voting is what Amerigo called a sluggish bureaucratic process, but of course voting process is not as simple as it seemed, and people involved in voting are also different, and there are different political parties. Invisible struggle. First of all, a huge orphanage appears. The mentally retarded, ugly and those who can only hide from prying eyes, as well as bedridden or delusional patients in hospital, all set up "mobile polling stations." Go frantically collect votes. It's a time when these everyday neglected people seem no different from everyone else, but Amerigo is trying to stop this controlled voting, where perhaps it shouldn't be an unjudgmental, manipulative group. But what exactly should a democracy look like? The book also has ideas.
The book says: "For those who are not stupid, these two principles are very important, never have too many illusions and always believe that everything you do can be used by yourself." anything. Calvino's "The Observer" is also being published in China for first time. In fact, topic and text are indeed a bit delicate, but a good novelist should really dare to focus on social contradictions and issues and make certain social commitments. Each of us should be an "Observer".