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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. This is the stunningly powerful novel of man’s will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Like Camus, to whom he cannot help being compared, Saramago uses the social disintegration of people in extremis as a crucible in which to study the combustion of our vices and virtues…Even after so many factual accounts of mass cruelty, this most sophisticated fiction retains its peculiar power to move and persuade.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “To describe as allegory this story of unnamed characters in an unnamed city who are struggling with an undiagnosed epidemic of “white blindness” is both too simple and too complex. Beyond any emblematic purpose, the characters act out life with all its paradoxes and hidden truths. Ultimately, the greater meaning here is the simple story of human frailty and community in the modern world. In searing prose, both complex and minimal, all this and nothing more is revealed. No wonder Saramago won the Nobel prize this year.”

    Library Journal

  • “Saramago’s novel deftly shows how vulnerable humans are, how connected, and how blind.”


  • “In novels like Blindness, in which an entire city is struck by a plague of sightlessness that reduces most of its citizens to barbarism, readers have found a powerful parable about the fragility of human civilization.”        

    New York Times

  • “In Blindness [Saramago] has written a profound, ultimately transcendent meditation on what it means to be human.

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction
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