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Harcourt Brace & Company, 1999 - Fiction - 327 pages
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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.

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Review: Blindness (Blindness #1)

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I have never been so glad to finish a book (maybe I have, but I don't remember when). I've also never been so upset with my compulsion to finish a book I've started. If you're young and have never ... Read full review

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Dear Mr. Saramago, I have just recently completed reading your novel "Blindness." I have to say, that I loved the way you depicted the dehumanization processes within the abandoned insane asylum. Also ... Read full review

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JOSE SARAMAGO (1922-2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasar and Blimunda, and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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