Blindness (Harvest Book) (Paperback)

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Probably my most recommended novel. It's been about 10 years since the first time I read it, but I vividly remember finishing it overnight, too entranced to stop. Saramago manages to turn a story about an epidemic of blindness into a staggering warning about how quickly society could crumble around us. You don't have to read it overnight, but you do have to read it. 

— From Shawn


A stunningly powerful novel of man's will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.

"This is a shattering work by a literary master."--The Boston Globe

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year

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.

Praise For…

"This is a shattering work by a literary master."—The Boston Globe
"This is an important book, one that is unafraid to face all of the horrors of the century."—The Washington Post
"Symphonic . . . [There is] a clear-eyed and compassionate acknowledgment of things as they are, a quality that can only honestly be termed wisdom. We should be grateful when it is handed to us in such generous measure."—The New York Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156007757
ISBN-10: 0156007754
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: October 4th, 1999
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Harvest Book