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José Saramago, Blindness

· 19 September 2005 |  by Maarten
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José Saramago


Deze uitgave:
Harvill Random House, 1999
309 pagina’s, paperback
isbn: 9781860466854

Oorspronkelijke uitgave:
in het Portugees: Ensaio sobre a Cegueira
Editorial Caminho, 1995

A driver waiting at the traffic lights goes blind. An ophthalmologist tries to diagnose his distinctive white blindness, but is affected before he can read the textbooks. It becomes a contagion, spreading through the unnamed city. Trying to stem the epidemic, the authorities herd the blind into a mental asylum. The wards are terrorised by blind thugs. And when fire demolishes the asylum, the inmates burst forth and the last links with a supposedly civilised society are snapped.

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