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By Jose Saramago

A urban is hit by means of a virulent disease of "white blindness" which spares nobody. gurus confine the ignorant of an empty psychological medical institution, yet there the felony point holds all people captive, stealing nutrients rations and raping girls. there's one eyewitness to this nightmare who publications seven strangers-among them a boy with out 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 brilliant 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 eventually exhilarating spirit. The stunningly strong novel of man's will to outlive opposed to all odds, through the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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It happened a minute later as he was gathering up the books to return them to the bookshelf. First he perceived that he could no longer see his hands, then he knew he was blind. The ailment of the girl with dark glasses was not serious, she was suffering from a mild form of conjunctivitis which the drops prescribed by the doctor would clear up in no time, You know what to do, for the next few days you should remove your glasses only when you sleep, he had told her. He had been cracking the same joke for years, we might even assume that it had been handed down from one generation of ophthalmologists to another, but it never failed, the doctor was smiling as he spoke, the patient smiled as she listened, and on this occasion it was worthwhile, because the girl had nice teeth and knew how to show them.

His wife had already gone off to bed, he vaguely remembered her coming up to him for a moment and kissing him on the head, I'm off to bed, she must have told him, the flat was now silent, books scattered on the table, What's this, he thought to himself, and suddenly he felt afraid, as if he himself were about to turn blind any minute now and he already knew it. He held his breath and waited. Nothing happened. It happened a minute later as he was gathering up the books to return them to the bookshelf.

On offering to help the blind man, the man who then stole his car, had not, at that precise moment, had any evil intention, quite the contrary, what he did was nothing more than to obey those feelings of generosity and altruism which, as everyone knows, are the two best traits of human nature and to be found in much more hardened criminals than this one, a simple car-thief without any hope of advancing in his profession, exploited by the real owners of this enterprise, for it is they who take advantage of the needs of the poor.

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