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'He writes with luminous intensity...Sweepingly ambitious' The Times

A driver waiting at the traffic lights goes blind. An opthamologist tries to diagnose his distinctive white blindness, but is affected before he can read the textbooks. It becomes a contagion, spreading throughout the city. Trying to stem the epidemic, the authorities herd the afflicted into a mental asylum where the wards are terrorised by blind thugs. And when fire destroys the asylum, the inmates burst forth and the last links with a supposedly civilised society are snapped.

No food, no water, no government, no obligation, no order. This is not anarchy, this is blindness.

'A powerful fable' Scotsman

'Saramago's most apocalyptic vision of the future yet' Independent --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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"Extraordinary...a tour de force of thought-experiment and feeling-experiment" (Observer)

"This is a shattering work by a literary master...a book of real stature" (Boston Globe)

"Saramago repeatedly undertakes to unite the pressing demands of the present with an unfolding vision of the future. This is his most apocalyptic, and most optimistic, version of that project yet" (Independent)

"He writes a prose of particularly luminous intensity, brilliantly rendered into English by his regular translator Giovanni Pontiero... Sweepingly ambitious" (The Times)

"A powerful fable" (Scotsman) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B003T0GBOM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Mariner Books; First edition (23 August 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3883 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 349 pages
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking allegory that's also a page-turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'If you can see, look. If you can look, observe.'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unsettling and bleak
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
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