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Blindness

[a Novel]
Saramago, José (Book - 1998 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Blindness


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An epidemic of blindness strikes a city and the result is chaos, the government issuing shoot-to-kill orders. Much of the action is seen through the eyes of a woman who claims to be blind so she won't be separated from her husband. A look at how people behave under stress. By the author of The History of the Siege of Lisbon.
Authors: Saramago, José
Title: Blindness
[a novel]
Publisher: New York :, Harcourt,, [1998]
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 294 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: José Saramago ; translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero
Notes: Translated from: Ensaio sobre a cegueira : romance. Lisboa : Caminho, c1995
Originally published in English: London : Harvill Press, 1997
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Summary: An epidemic of blindness strikes a city and the result is chaos, the government issuing shoot-to-kill orders. Much of the action is seen through the eyes of a woman who claims to be blind so she won't be separated from her husband. A look at how people behave under stress. By the author of The History of the Siege of Lisbon.
Additional Contributors: Pontiero, Giovanni
ISBN: 0151002517
9780151002511
Branch Call Number: FICTION SARAMAGO
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Report This Apr 13, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I've read a few books by the late Portuguese Nobel winner Jose Saramago, but this is by far the best. He's sometimes described as a fabulist and compared to Calvino, Eco and Murakami. This novel, about an unnamed city, struck by a plague of blindness, feels something like J.G. Ballard rewriting Camus's "The Plague." It is both a powerful, resonant allegory and a visceral novel about regular people in extraordinary circumstances. It was made into a film several years ago. Followed by "Seeing."

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  • stupeykat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Incredible! Powerful! An unusual style of writing, but once I adjusted it draws you into the story of base human nature - and I found myself wondering... what would you do, who would you become? A MUST READ! I look forward to reading more of Jose Saramgo!

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