Blindness by Jose Saramago

By Jose Saramago

A urban is hit by means of a virus of "white blindness" which spares nobody. experts confine the ignorant of an empty psychological health center, yet there the legal aspect holds everybody captive, stealing nutrition rations and raping girls. there's one eyewitness to this nightmare who courses seven strangers-among them a boy without mom, a woman 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 bright evocation of the horrors of the 20 th century, Blindness has swept the interpreting 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, via the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature

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Abandoned in the middle of the road, feeling the ground shifting under his feet, he tried to suppress the sense of panic that welled up inside him. He waved his hands in front of his face, nervously, as if he were swimming in what he had described as a milky sea, but his mouth was already opening to let out a cry for help when at the last minute he felt the other's hand gently touch him on the arm, Calm down, I've got you. They proceeded very slowly, afraid of falling, the blind man dragged his feet, but this caused him to stumble on the uneven pavement, Be patient, we're almost there, the other murmured, and a little further ahead, he asked, Is there anyone at home to look after you, and the blind man replied, I don't know, my wife won't be back from work yet, today it so happened that I left earlier only to have this hit me.

The moral conscience that so many thoughtless people have offended against and many more have rejected, is something that exists and has always existed, it was not an invention of the philosophers of the Quaternary, when the soul was little more than a muddled proposition. With the passing of time, as well as the social evolution and genetic exchange, we ended up putting our conscience in the colour of blood and in the salt of tears, and, as if that were not enough, we made our eyes into a kind of mirror turned inwards, with the result that they often show without reserve what we are verbally trying to deny.

The elevator came to a halt, they stepped out on to the landing, Would you like me to help you open the door, Thanks, that's something I think I can do for myself. He took from his pocket a small bunch of keys, felt them one by one along the serrated edge, and said, It must be this one, and feeling for the keyhole with the fingertips of his left hand, he tried to open the door. It isn't this one, Let me have a look, I'll help you. The door opened at the third attempt. Then the blind man called inside, Are you there, no one replied, and he remarked, Just as I was saying, she still hasn't come back.

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