Blindness by Jose Saramago

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Blindness is a novel by Portuguese author José Saramago. Blindness is the story of an unexplained mass epidemic of blindness afflicting nearly everyone in an unnamed city, and the social breakdown that swiftly follows. The novel follows the misfortunes of a handful of characters who are among the first to be stricken and centers around a doctor and his wife, several of the doctor’s patients, and assorted others, thrown together by chance. This group bands together in a family-like unit to survive by their wits and by the unexplained good fortune that the doctor’s wife has escaped the blindness. The sudden onset and unexplained origin and nature of the blindness cause widespread panic, and the social order rapidly unravels as the government attempts to contain the apparent contagion and keep order via increasingly repressive and inept measures.

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The 420th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 12th on The New Classics - 100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008 (Entertainment Weekly)
  2. - 31st on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  3. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)

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