Updated: Jan 25, 2020
♥ A novel by José Saramago
Published in 1995, Blindness is one of his most famous novels. In 1998, José Saramago received the Nobel Prize for Literature, and Blindness was one of his works noted by the committee when announcing the award.
What is it about?
The book tells the grim tale of a city devastated by an epidemic of blindness. Its characters are plunged into dystopia, where the struggle to survive illuminates the best and worst of human nature.
Blindness is not for the faint-hearted. Its words will crawl inside your head, rape your mind and leave you craving for more - that is, if you don't mind its brutality.
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♥ I often wonder what it would be like to live in a world that is dead; undesirable and frightening. I will not lie - a world where I could go back to the basics of life, where I no longer have to work for money just to survive does intrigue me. But to wish for such a world is nauseating. I would never want my son to explore a world that knows only sorrow, pain and death. Yet, here I am, daydreaming.
♥ Frankly, after having read the book, the thought that humans are "monsters" is a difficult thought to swallow - but it is what it is and its fictional world is just as fucked up as the world that surround us. Hopefulness is a distant feeling for me. I have abandoned the belief that the existence of selflessness still remain true, as compared to the existence of evil.