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Blindness (Portuguese: Ensaio sobre a cegueira, meaning Essay on Blindness) is a novel by Portuguese author José Saramago.

Blindness (Portuguese: Ensaio sobre a cegueira, meaning Essay on Blindness) is a novel by Portuguese author José Saramago. It is one of his most famous novels, along with The Gospel According to Jesus Christ and Baltasar and Blimunda. In 1998, Saramago received the Nobel Prize for Literature, and Blindness was one of his works noted by the committee when announcing the award.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A city is hit by an epidemic of white blindness which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital.

Blindness: a novel/José Saramago; translated from the. Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero. FROM THE Book of Exhortations. The amber light came on. Two of the cars ahead accelerated before the red light appeared. At the pedestrian crossing the sign of a green man lit up. 1st ed. p. cm. Originally published in English in Great Britain. in 1997 by The Harvill Press. The people who were waiting began to cross the road, stepping on the white stripes painted on the black surface of the asphalt, there is nothing less like a zebra, however, that is what it is called.

José Saramago won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998 and Blindness has been made into a film directed by Fernando Meirelles and starring Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore.

José Saramago: 'I don't make excuses for what communist regimes have done. But I have the right to keep my ideas'. There is a revealing moment when José Saramago, Portugal's austere Nobel laureate, relaxes into laughter, and it comes as he is talking of his own death. Frail and unflaggingly upright in posture, he is in an armchair in his compact, postwar house in Lisbon, sheltering from the city's Atlantic drizzle beside a smoking log fire

Blindness By: Jose Saramago When defining the word blindness, it can be interpreted in various ways. Either it can be explained as sightless, or it can be carefully deciphered as having a more complex in-depth analysis

Blindness By: Jose Saramago When defining the word blindness, it can be interpreted in various ways. Either it can be explained as sightless, or it can be carefully deciphered as having a more complex in-depth analysis. In the novel Blindness, Jose Saramago depicts and demonstrates how in an instant your right to see can be taken in an instant. However, in this novel, blindness is metaphorically related to ‘seeing’ the truth beyond our own bias opinions

Translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero from the 1995 Ensaio sombre a Cegueira. 309 pages London: The Harvill Press, 1997 ISBN: 0-15-13670. Jose Saramago presents us with exactly such a problematic, yet his masterful analysis deals not only with the physical aspects of change and how his characters deal with them, but he inters into the psychological realm and astounds us with his insights and brilliance. A man is sitting at a traffic light one day waiting for the light to turn green and he suddenly goes blind.

Jose Saramago - Blindness. 121 Pages · 2008 · 852 KB · 461 Downloads · English. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever José Saramago ölümünden önce yazdığı ve yayımlandığı ülkelerde büyük tartışmalara yol a. .Görmek - JoséSaramago. 590 Pages · 2008 · . 8 MB · 7,887 Downloads · Turkish · New!

People have argued about human nature since people learned to argue. I used to think that, being social creatures, we have a tendency to be kind to one another, to get along. My friends who stayed in New Orleans while the rest of us evacuated for Hurricane Katrina confirmed that: they told stories about working with neighbors to share resources, watching out for one another. But they lived in areas of the city that didn't flood. In other parts, people didn't always have the luxury of kindness, and things spiraled into chaos and fear.

When I read a book like Blindness, I'm reminded of those and other events in my own life that have caused me to qualify my beliefs. I still think humanity has a near-limitless capacity for altruism, but mostly when we're comfortable. When the stakes are high, compassion is the first thing to go.

Saramago isn't the first author to write about societal collapse, either real or fictional, but he's among the best to do so. That's because he offers not just realistic details of how things go from bad to worse to worst, but also because he does so with a unique writing style that's just as chaotic as the situations he describes. Characters aren't given names, just descriptors. Dialogue isn't punctuated with quotation marks and paragraphs, it runs together, sometimes for pages at a time. It's exactly the kind of sensory overload that someone who's just lost one of her five senses would experience: an onslaught of information with a diminished capacity to process it.

As a reader, though, I found I quickly adapted to his writing style. The plot moves briskly and kept me engrossed. And the images that Saramago paints for those of us who can see are breathtaking. Long after I've forgotten the plot, that's what I'll remember about the novel.

I could quibble with the ending, I could complain that Saramago pulled a punch (kind of like McCarthy does at the end of The Road). Then again, the entire book is an extended metaphor, so I'm not sure it could've concluded in any other way.
Starting with a dystopian premise in which everyone is afflicted with a 'white blindness', Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago creates a disquisition into the human condition. What makes us human? How very fragile is veneer of civilization, civility, decency? In breathtaking language, Saramago observes the human condition as it unfolds in various conditions. He also creates a chilling allegory of the 20th century. Are we blind? Do we not see what we do to others? Do we not see what we are doing to our world? Do we just not see? From chilling cruelty and violence to a heart-rending examinations of love and beauty. Sight alone does not make us human, but the insight that defines the categories that we ordinarily use to understand who we are and our responsibilities to one another and our environment is thoroughly vested in this sense.

Not an easy read, but the beautiful language (even in the most terrifying passages) makes the journey abundantly worthwhile.
This book had an interesting plot line and interesting characters. The terror of turning blind for no reason and being placed in an institution where it is winner take all is a terrifying concept. Occasionally, my attention would wander because of some of the writing that just went on and on about nothing important which took away from following the story. It is the first time I have read anything by this author, and I am not sure I would search for anything else he has written. I enjoyed the movie more than the book which is unusual for me.
It took me awhile to adjust to and appreciate the author's writing style, but soon thereafter I was plunged into the nightmare and unable to resurface. Incredibly sad and disturbing, with descriptions so well formed that I would think it impossible for readers to avoid feeling some measure of the despair so evident in the characters. An easy addition to my favorite dystopians.
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I rarely leave a negative review but I dislike this book so much that I’m going to do just that. I gave it 2 stars on account of 3 people in my book club liked it and I tend to respect their opinions. So, I’m giving two more stars than what I’m feeling to allow for human error- mine. My experience was reading one awful thing happening after another w nothing in between. While reading I started talking out loud, saying “Uh-huh, yeah, great, uh-huh thanks, thanks a lot, thanks,” until it just devolved in “yeah, THANKS.” I did not feel grateful. And I’m not going to tell you what I said when I finished the last page and looked at the author‘s tiny picture. My favorite book is Blood Meridian, so my problem w this book is not based on a general aversion to unpleasantness. Reading this book was as close as I ever want to get to irredeemable punishment.
Blindness by Jose Saramago is very different from anything I have ever read before. Jose Saramago uses a unique way of writing to tell the story of Blindness. The book revolves around a group of seven people trying to survive in world where blindness rules. This group is very lucky because they have perhaps the only person left that can see. She guides them, finds food for them, helps them keep clean, she is their saint.
This book shows people's true nature and how they can turn evil when times get hard. I would definitely recommend this book. 4 stars!
This was a wonderful book! After an epidemic of “white blindness” strikes a city, survivors struggle to live while coping with sudden sightlessness. Society breaks down quickly, and only one woman has retained her sight. She and a small group of quarantined internees must survive the nightmare.

I love Jose Saramago’s writing technique! This is the second of his books I’ve read, and I already have a digital stack of several more on my Kindle. Highly recommended.