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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - klburnside - LibraryThing
I kept falling asleep as I was reading this book, mostly because I was always tired, not because the book was boring. And I kept not using a bookmark so I always forgot where I was and ended up ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - CorinneT - LibraryThing
This is a highly symbolic novel, where, as Jose Saramago says himself, the human being has become blind to the pressing needs around, and is sending spacecrafts to the Mars to collect rocks, while ... Read full review