The characters are on strings, but the strings are loose; the characters enjoy the illusion of freedom, of independence, but they cannot go where I do not want them to go. When that happens, the author must pull on the string and say to them, I am in charge here.Barroso, D. (2019). José Saramago, The Art of Fiction No. 155. [online] The Paris Review. Available at: https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/1032/jose-saramago-the-art-of-fiction-no-155-jose-saramago [Accessed 16 Nov. 2019].