This book was a New York Times Notable Book of The Year and Los Angeles Times Best Book of The Year. Jose Saramago was born in 1922 and awarded the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1998.
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 assaulting 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, Blindess is a powerful portrayal of man’s worst appetites and weaknesses — and man’s ultimately exhilarating spirit.