[a Novel]

Saramago, José

Book - 1998
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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.

Publisher: New York : Harcourt, [1998]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780151002511
Branch Call Number: FICTION SARAMAGO
Characteristics: 294 p. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Pontiero, Giovanni


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A parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth century, Saramago portrays man's worst appetites and weaknesses.

A man finds himself blind. A society discovers there is an epidemic of blindness. The blind are rounded up and incarcerated in an asylum. The epidemic grows. Within and without the asylum, both mutual help and also dehumanization and exploitation reflect the extremes of our humanity. A brilliant,... Read More »

A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive. A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth... Read More »

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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."

Nov 18, 2013
  • 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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