Blindness is Nobel Prize winning author José Saramago’s story of an unnamed city struck by an epidemic of “white blindness”. It follows the first patients afflicted with the mysterious disease and the makeshift society formed by those unable to see. Brutal in every sense of the word, Blindness outlines our devolution from society to savagery and our individual and collective reactions to tragedy. Tremendously relevant in today’s world, this literary masterpiece is both beautiful and grotesque, filled with horror and hope. Saramago’s writing style is edgy and inventive, a poetic stream of conscience with minimal punctuation, but I found myself so engrossed in the book that I hardly even noticed. Blindness can be read as an allegory or enjoyed for its enthralling story, but either way, it will surely stick with you for a long time.— Russell Roth, Marketing Associate & Assistant Buyer, Hudson
JOSÉ SARAMAGO (1922–2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasar and Blimunda, and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
“This is a shattering work by a literary master.”—The Boston Globe “This is an important book, one that is unafraid to face all of the horrors of the century.”—The Washington Post “Symphonic . . . [There is] a clear-eyed and compassionate acknowledgment of things as they are, a quality that can only honestly be termed wisdom. We should be grateful when it is handed to us in such generous measure.”—The New York Times Book Review “Saramago's surreal allegory explores the ability of the human spirit to prevail in even the most absurdly unjust of conditions, yet he reinvents this familiar struggle with the stylistic eccentricity of a master.”—The New Yorker “Extraordinarily nuanced and evocative . . . This year's most propulsive, and most profound, thriller.”—The Village Voice “Like Jonathan Swift, Saramago uses airily matter-of-fact detail to frame a bitter parable; unlike Swift he pierces the parable with a dart of steely tenderness . . . out of leisurely prose, the ferocity and tenderness shoot suddenly: arrows set alight. . . . Enchanting, sinuous dialogue.”—The Los Angeles Times “Blindness may be as revolutionary in its own way and time as were, say, The Trial and The Plague in theirs. Another masterpiece.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) —