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Blindness by José Saramago: Around the World in Books

I am reading a book from every country in the world. These are my thoughts on Blindness, by the Portuguese author José Saramago. The last book I read was The Infatuations by Javíer Marias, from Spain. IN SHORT: This is the story of the collapse of society following a worldwide plague of literal blindness. THE BEST BIT: Oh, how to pick a best bit in this book? Let me start with what I did not enjoy — or perhaps “understand” is the better word. Slowly but surely, humans on Earth are afflicted with physical blindness. At first, the plague seems controllable, and those stricken are corralled into treatment facilities — or holding pens, depending on your perspective. Once there, we soon revert to a Hobbesian state, living in violence, filth, hunger and organizational chaos that is soon replaced by whatever -archy is led by rapists. We closely follow a small band of the surviving blind, who have the exceptional good fortune to count among their number perhaps the only seeing woman left in society: the wife of an ophthalmologist. Saramago …