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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, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers-among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears-through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth century, Blindness has swept the reading public with its powerful portrayal of man's worst appetites and weaknesses-and man's ultimately exhilarating spirit. The stunningly powerful novel of man's will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9780547537597
Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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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 »

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Mar 26, 2017

Saramago’s view in this allegory/metaphor of how humanity turns a blind eye to the ugliness and evils of the world seems overstated and cynical to me. I understand his point, (The mind suffers delusions when it succumbs to the monsters it has itself created.” p.230), but it was excruciating to wallow in his relentlessly nauseating detail for 325 pages, balanced only by one figure symbolizing compassion and hope. Fortunately, his writing style of run-on sentences and no quotation marks – speakers often unidentified and separated only by commas within the incessant run-ons – prompted me to skim hastily in order to get through the morass.


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Jun 08, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.


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Feb 25, 2019

There are no blind people, only blindness." - the doctor


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