What would our world be like if everyone went blind? That’s the proposition of Blindness by José Saramago. Nobody has a name here – anyone we encounter is described only in adjectives, and yet the complete spectrum of the human race is artfully represented. Instead of John, we meet “the first blind man”, “the doctor” and so on. But soon, we understand their character, their soul and intentions. We experience a perfect representation of our innermost interests, a masterful explanation down to the last detail.
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Blindness by José Saramago begins when a man is stricken with what is known as the white blindness, and then gradually spreads until everyone is affected. All but one – which gives us hope that better days may come. It’s an extremely complex and compelling story that makes us rethink how we interact with each other and also how we treat ourselves. It shows what greed and desires can bring people to do, and what danger this brings upon us. Among the blind, the one-eyed is the king. But perhaps the king in this book is not so fortunate, for he has to observe the dark side of humanity – with its whims and scandals, self-interest and unprecedented greed.
The atypical writing style of José Saramago turns out to be strange and difficult to understand at first. However, without paragraphs, periods or commas, it is as close as can be to the way people talk to one another in contemporary language.
The story, which was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, is more than just surprising. I have read a lot of books in my life, but very few struck me this intensely. If there is one book I can recommend without reservation and without knowing your personal taste or literary interest, this is this one. You will not regret reading this work.
If you’re already familiar with it, it’s never too late to reread it, and if you haven’t read it yet, don’t miss the opportunity to discover this giant of literature. This is not just a book but a true masterpiece.