Thursday, December 15, 2005

Blindness by Jose Saramago (Review)

A man waiting at stoplight is struck blind. This "white blindness" epidemic spreads like a wildfire. Isolated, in quarantine, or lost around the city, the blind must face the most primitive of human nature: the struggle to survive at any price. José Saramago, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature, builds a parable about the human being, that holds the most sublime and miserable in every one of us.
Saramago draws a dreadful picture of our society: the sectarism, the violence, the cynicism of the politicians and the egoism. We can even identify some historical and literary references: the Nazi concentration camps, The Plague by Albert Camus, the modern city before a catastrophe, the strange figures of Bosh and Dürer, the Biblical vision of the blind leading the blind.

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