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. Frightened, the Government tries to restrain the blindness epidemic by isolating the blind people. The quarantine is not successful and more and more people go blind. Very rare medieval apocrypha iiirejected scriptures. The book focuses on the life of a few 'patients' locked and guarded into a mental institution, among who lives the only person immune to blindness.
When the doctor's wife kills the man with the gun, the blind accountant takes the gun and tries to seize control but he is unable to rally support. He dies when one of the rape victims sets fire to the ward. Like most works by Saramago, the novel contains many long, breathless sentences in which commas take the place of periods. Access-restricted-item true Addeddate 2010-08-24 17:37:09 Bookplateleaf 0006. Jose Saramago: free download. On-line books store on Z-Library Z-Library. Download books for free.
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From Nobel Prize–winning author José Saramago, a magnificent, mesmerizing parable of loss A city is hit by an epidemic of “white blindness” that spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations, and assaulting women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides her charges—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and their procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. As Blindness reclaims the age-old story of a plague, it evokes the vivid and trembling horrors of the twentieth century, leaving readers with a powerful vision of the human spirit that’s bound both by weakness and exhilarating strength.
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- Author Name: José Saramago
- Book Genre: Dystopia, Fiction, Novels, Science Fiction
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- Date of Publication: 1995–
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I finished this masterpiece last week and I let it to sink in a little bit before reviewing it. The power of this book was quite overwhelming at times and I had to stop reading for a few days at a time. I do not think there are many books that disturbed me like this one. Maybe Never Let Me Go but there the message was much more subtle.
Some say that the structure of the book makes it very hard to read. I suppose the voice in my head did quite a good job in reading it as I did not encounter any difficulty to follow the narration. What made it difficult to read at times were the images and smells that were projected into my brain. At some point It seemed that excrement odor was rising from the pages in front of me.
Short version of the plot. One day people start to go blind without any prior symptom. Frightened, the Government tries to restrain the blindness epidemic by isolating the blind people. The quarantine is not successful and more and more people go blind. The book focuses on the life of a few 'patients' locked and guarded into a mental institution, among who lives the only person immune to blindness. The loss of sight reduces people to their primal instincts (good or bad) and soon we are witnesses of some unimaginable horrors in the fight for food/supremacy/life and to the demise of all social and moral institutions. However, there are people that still try to help and to keep a bit of humanity and decency.
'If we cannot live entirely like human beings, at least let us do everything in our power not to live entirely like animals.'
I thought that the book is a metaphor of the people that are walking through life without thinking about the violence and cruelty that is in front of them, their ignorance of anything that could menace their civilized life. I believe the book brings forward our fear/avoidance to see our mortality and the insignificance of our lives.
'I don't think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.'
'Perhaps only in a world of the blind will things be what they truly are.'
'This is the stuff we're made of, half indifference and half malice.'