Blindness by Jose Saramago

By Jose Saramago

A urban is hit by means of a deadly disease of "white blindness" which spares not anyone. specialists confine the unaware of an empty psychological health center, yet there the felony point holds everybody captive, stealing nutrition rations and raping ladies. there's one eyewitness to this nightmare who courses seven strangers-among them a boy without mom, a lady with darkish glasses, a puppy of tears-through the barren streets, and the procession turns into as uncanny because the atmosphere are harrowing. a powerful parable of loss and disorientation and a brilliant evocation of the horrors of the 20th century, Blindness has swept the analyzing public with its strong portrayal of man's worst appetites and weaknesses-and man's finally exhilarating spirit. The stunningly strong novel of man's will to outlive opposed to all odds, by way of the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature

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Then, fumbling, stumbling, skirting the furniture, treading warily so as not to trip on the rugs, he reached the sofa where he and his wife watched television. He sat down, rested the flowers on his lap, and, with the utmost care, unrolled the handkerchief. The blood, sticky to the touch, worried him, he thought it must be because he could not see it, his blood had turned into a viscous substance without colour, into something rather alien which nevertheless belonged to him, but like a self-inflicted threat directed at himself.

That man could not be blind, he thought, momentarily forgetting that he himself was blind, it's extraordinary how selfless some people can be, and this is not something new, let us remember what Homer said, although in apparently different words. He pretended to be asleep when his wife got up. He felt the kiss she placed on the forehead, so gentle, as if she did not wish to rouse him from what she imagined to be a deep sleep, perhaps she thought, Poor man, he came to bed late after sitting up to study the extraordinary case of that poor blind man.

His wife had already gone off to bed, he vaguely remembered her coming up to him for a moment and kissing him on the head, I'm off to bed, she must have told him, the flat was now silent, books scattered on the table, What's this, he thought to himself, and suddenly he felt afraid, as if he himself were about to turn blind any minute now and he already knew it. He held his breath and waited. Nothing happened. It happened a minute later as he was gathering up the books to return them to the bookshelf.

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