Suddenly, while stopped at a red light in his car, a man goes blind. A \"white evil\" obliterates his vision plunging him into light as fathomless and impenetrable as the darkest night. A crowd gathers and one man is kind enough to see him home. It is not long, however, before an epidemic of the new blindness causes the government to act in the most authoritarian and fearful of ways, throwing many of the recently disabled into a mental asylum, guarded by scared, trigger-happy soldiers, left to fend for themselves.
1998\'s Nobel Prize winner for Literature, José Saramago, has, with his astonishing and superb story Blindness, written one of the finest European novels of the last 20 or 30 years. Portugal\'s best-known writer --but like many Nobel winners hardly a household name in the UK-- Saramago has created a formidable and beautiful body of work deserving (and receiving) the very highest recognition. From the sublime, humanistic The Gospel According to Jesus Christ to the intelligent, metaphysical The Cave, Saramago challenges, warns, argues but also entertains and enlivens through the truth of his transcendent and highly cultured fictions.