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Random House, Oct 1, 2008 - Fiction - 309 pages
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"A driver waiting at the traffic lights goes blind. An opthamologist tries to diagnose his distinctive white blindness, but is affected before he can read the textbooks. It becomes a contagion, spreading throughout the unnamed city. Trying to stem the epidemic, the authorities herd the blind into a mental asylum. The wards are terroriesd by blind thugs. And when fire destroys the asylum, the inmates burst forther and the last links with a supposedly civilised society are snapped. A high-profile film adaptation has been made by the director of The Constant Gardener and City of God, Fernando Meirelles. Starring Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal. It was the opening film of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Opens in NZ 6th Nov 2008."

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User Review  - Bruce - Goodreads

If you're looking for rich characters or storytelling, look elsewhere. If you're looking for Meaning and Allegory and a litany of the Inhumanity of which Humanity is capable, this is the book for you ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bridget Lamonica - Goodreads

A truly painful book to read. I would have stopped reading only a few pages in...if it hadn't been assigned for a class. Besides the writing being just dreadful and dull, for some reason the author ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Jose Saramago was born in Portugal in 1922 and has been a full-time writer since 1979. His oeuvre embraces plays, poetry, short stories, non-fiction and eleven novels, which have been translated into more than forty languages and have established him as the most influential Portuguese writer of his generation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998.

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