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Blindness

Author: José Saramago; Giovanni Pontiero
Publisher: San Diego, CA : Harcourt, Inc., 1999., ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st Harvest edView all editions and formats
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"A city is hit by an epidemic of 'white blindness' which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to a empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and assaulting women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers--among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears--through the barren streets, and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Allegories
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: José Saramago; Giovanni Pontiero
ISBN: 0156007754 9780156007757
OCLC Number: 42466942
Notes: "A Harvest book."
"First published in English in Great Britain in 1997 by The Harvill Press [309 p.]"--T.p. verso.
Description: 327 p. ; 21 cm.
Other Titles: Ensaio sobre a cegueira.
Responsibility: José Saramago ; translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero.

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"A city is hit by an epidemic of 'white blindness' which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to a empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and assaulting women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers--among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears--through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twientieth century, Blindness is a powerful portrayal of man's worst appetites and weaknesses--and man's ultimately exhilarating spirit"--P. [4] of cover.

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