Winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature. A city is hit by an epidemic of 'white blindness.' The blindness spreads, sparing no one. Authorities confine the blind to a vacant mental hospital secured by armed guards. Inside, the criminal element among the blind hold the rest captive: food rations are stolen, women are raped. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers through the barren streets. The developments within this oddly anonymous group -- the first blind man, the old man with the black eye patch, the girl with dark glasses, the boy with no mother, and the dog of tears -- are as uncanny as the surrounding chaos is harrowing.
A parable of loss and disorientation, of man's worst appetities and hopeless weaknesses, "Blindness" is one of the most challenging, thought-provoking, and ultimately exhilarating novels published in any language in recent years.
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5***** and a ❤ A man stopped at a traffic light suddenly goes blind. Within hours others who have been in contact with him also go blind. The government quickly quarantines the afflicted in hopes of ... Read full review
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Another excellent book that I found by working through the 100 New Classics list. I'm categorizing this with classic books such as 1984 because it is shocking in the sense of changing how the world works and leads you through the implications that arise. Excellent! Read full review