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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  162,494 ratings  ·  13,369 reviews
From Nobel Prize–winning author José Saramago, a magnificent, mesmerizing parable of loss

A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" that spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an 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 her c
Paperback, 326 pages
Published October 4th 1999 by Mariner Books (first published 1995)
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Virginia Arthur GOOD? Raw, gross, compelling, and disturbing. Incredible if not mysterious writing.
Al Maki For one thing, it's actually realistic. Jorge Luis Borges was blind most of his life and he said the one color he never saw again after he became…moreFor one thing, it's actually realistic. Jorge Luis Borges was blind most of his life and he said the one color he never saw again after he became blind was black. He saw a numinous field that was usually blue. Another thing, if you take the book as a parable, which given the fact that the author was a life long communist seems reasonable, then the blindness could be a result of cultural brainwashing, i.e. the blocking of real information by overloading the eyes, as Bruce Springsteen put it "blinded by the light."(less)

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Jun 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: identity
When you sit in a coffee shop at the corner of two busy streets and read a book about blindness, you find yourself thinking unfamiliar thoughts, and you believe, when you raise your head to watch the people passing, that you see things differently. You notice the soft yellow light of the shop reflecting off the bronze of the hardwood floors. You notice among the people coming from the train two girls who intersect that line, spilt, call back, and go their ways, dividing into the two directions o ...more
Mohammed Arabey
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"الأكثر رعبا من العمي .. هو أن تكون الوحيد الذي يري"
وهذه رواية ربما ستُغير رؤيتك للعالم..للأبد

{إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ خُلِقَ هَلُوعاً * إِذَا مَسَّهُ الشَّرُّ جَزُوعاً * وَإِذَا مَسَّهُ الْخَيْرُ مَنُوعاً}
صدق الله العظيم
تذكرت بقراءتي لتلك الآية الكريمة ما حدث من بعض نوعيات البشر بتلك الرواية/الفيلم للمؤلف العبقري جوزيه سارماجو الذي للاسف تأخرت قراءتي له، وتلك القصة المقبضة السوداء بالرغم من كل اللون الأبيض الغالب في صورها والكادرات

يا الله علي البشر .. يقولون أن الإنسان يظهر معدنه الأصلي وقت الشدائ
Jeffrey Keeten
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
”The advantage enjoyed by these blind men was what might be called the illusion of light. In fact, it made no difference to them whether it was day or night, the first light of dawn or the evening twilight, the silent hours of early morning or the bustling din of noon, these blind people were for ever surrounded by a resplendent whiteness, like the sun shining through mist. For the latter, blindness did not mean being plunged into banal darkness, but living inside a luminous halo.”


We have all e
Huda Yahya
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
إن كنت تستطيع أن ترى فانظر
إن كنت تستطيع أن تنظر فراقب

عندما كنت أكتب القصة القصيرة في وقتٍ ما
كنت دائماً بغريزة داخلية لاشعورية وبتصميم لا أعلم من أين ينبع تماماً
كنت أحاول أن أترك الأسماء ..السمات الدالة على المحلية والابتعاد عما قد يفصح الهوية المكانية

ودوماً كنتُ أفضل أن أترك الأشخاص بلا إسم أو وطن وأبقى على إنسانيتهم فقط والتي قد تجعل الحدث ممكن وقوعه في أي مكان في العالم
بعيداً عن الدين أو الجنس

ولذا من بداية القراءة وأنا مستمتعة بانعدام المحليّة الواضح في الرواية
فهؤلاء الأشخاص قد يكونوا من
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with a conscience.
This book left me speechless (which is a rare occurrence). Please enjoy the pictures to illustrate the plot while I recover my gift of rambling.

An unexplained plague of "white blindness" sweeps the unnamed country. Initial attempts to hastily quarantine the blind in an abandoned mental hospital fail to contain the spread. What they succeed at is immediately creating the easy "us versus them" divide between the helpless newly blind and the terrified seeing. Before we know, we are immersed in the
Emily May
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia-utopia, 2014
Just imagine that you are going about your daily life as you always do. It's a normal day; nothing out of the ordinary. But then, suddenly, without any forewarning, you go completely blind. One second seeing the world as you know it, the next experiencing a complete and unending whiteness.

Then imagine you go to the trusty health professionals so they can get to the bottom of it... the doctor doesn't know what's wrong with you, but you're confident he/she will figure it out and prescribe accordi
°°°·.°·..·°¯°·._.· ʜᴇʟᴇɴ Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος ·._.·°¯°·.·° .·°°° ★·.·´¯`·.·★ Ⓥⓔⓡⓝⓤⓢ Ⓟⓞⓡⓣⓘⓣⓞⓡ Ⓐⓡⓒⓐⓝⓤⓢ Ταμετούρο   Αμ
Συγκλονιστικό και τεράστιο το σύμπαν του Πορτογάλου συγγραφέα- το φωτεινό σύμπαν που καλείσαι να ζήσεις μέσα απο μια φανταστική ιστορία η οποια ειναι φρικτά απίθανη έως πραγματική.

Το περίφημο αυτό βιβλίο ξεκινάει με μια πανδημία τύφλωσης κάπου-κάποτε -οπουδήποτε η οποια ειναι ανεξήγητη και εξαιρετικά πρωτοφανής,μεταδιδόμενη μάλλον,έτσι ώστε σε λίγες μέρες δημιουργείται η κοινωνία των ξαφνικά και απότομα τυφλών και αβοήθητων ανθρώπων.

Αυτή η κοινωνία μπαίνει σε καραντίνα απο τους εξέχοντες κυβερ
Ahmad Sharabiani
Ensaio Sobre a Cegueira = Blindness, José Saramago
Blindness (Portuguese: Ensaio sobre a cegueira, meaning Essay on Blindness) is a novel by Portuguese author José Saramago. It is one of his most famous novels, along with The Gospel According to Jesus Christ and Baltasar and Blimunda. In 1998, Saramago received the Nobel Prize for Literature, and Blindness was one of his works noted by the committee when announcing the award.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه دسامبر سال 1999 میلادی
عنوان: کوری؛ نویسنده: ژوزه
Ahmed Ibrahim
" لا أعتقد أننا عمينا، بل أعتقد أننا عميان، عميان يرون، بشرٌ عميان يستطيعون أن يروا، لكنهم لا يرون "

ساراماجو عبقري بلا شك.. كاتب متمرد على كل شيء، استطاع أن ينثر فكره على الورق برمزية مدهشة، وفي مشهد واحد أفضى بكل فلسفته وما أراد أن يقول.

هذه رواية عن العمى، لكنه ليس كأي عمى، بل هو غرق في بحرٍ حليبي، كمثل أشعة الشمس وسط الضباب، العمى الذي يحول الرؤية كلها للأبيض.. يبدأ المرض بإصابة أحدهم ومن ثم تتفشى العدوى ولكي يحاصروه يجمعوا العميان في مكانٍ واحد حيث يعيشوا كالحيوانات، ثم يتفشى المرض في المدينة
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

وقتي مي توانی ببينی، نگاه كن
وقتي ميتوانی نگاه كنی، رعايت كن

کتاب "كوری" انسان ها را از انتهای ناگوار راهي خبردار می كند كه با رعايت نكردن حقوق اوليه انسان ها آغاز مي شود. ساراماگو اين انتهای تمدن را طوري به نمايش درآورده كه در صحنه اي آنقدر متاثر شدم كه كتاب را محكم بستم و نمی توانستم بازش کنم و ادامه بدهم... به قول يكي از قهرمانان كتاب نمي توان هيچ كلمه اي حتی وحشتناك برای اين فاجعه متصور شد
سير داستان قهقهرائي است يعني همه چي دارد به طرف بي نظمي و عدم سازمان دهي كشيده مي شود و انگار همانند فيلم
Amira Mahmoud
من الروايات ما تبهرك، تثير حماستك، وتعتقد أنها أفضل ما قرأت لكن بمجرد إغلاقها وبمرور يوم واحد فقط على قراءتها تُنسى.
لكن قليلة هي الروايات التي تجعلك تقف أمامها مذهولاً، مشدوهاً، تجعلك تفكر، تغيّرك، تغير نظرتك لكُل الأشياء من حولك
ترتفع بك لأعلى لترى الموجودات من ذات أسمى وأنقى وأطهر لترى الحقيقة جليّة واضحة
ترى العفن المُستشري في كُل ما حولك، تُصدمك حقيقة أن العفن لا ينبع مما حولك فقط، بل ينبع من داخلك أيضاً

من الروايات ما تستطيع أن تعّبر عن مشاعرنا؛ الفرح، الحزن، البكاء، الخوف، الأمل.
تشعر بها أثنا
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I finished this masterpiece last week and I let it to sink in a little bit before reviewing it. The power of this book was quite overwhelming at times and I had to stop reading for a few days at a time. I do not think there are many books that disturbed me like this one. Maybe Never Let Me Go but there the message was much more subtle.

Some say that the structure of the book makes it very hard to read. I suppose the voice in my head did quite a good job in reading it as I did not encounter any d
Mohamed Al
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لا بد لمن يزور باريس أو لندن أو دبي أن يجرب تناول العشاء في مطعم "الظلام"، فالمطعم كما يوحي اسمه غارق في العتمة، ويعمل به ندل عميان سيتحولون إلى العين التي ستبصر بها في الظلام الدامس، وتبلغ الإثارة ذروتها عندما ستجلس إلى الطاولة وأمامك أطباق لا تعرف مافيها ولا كيف تصل إليها لتضعها في فمك. قد لا تكون التجربة ممتعة، ولكنها حتمًا ستعطيك مذاقًا -ولو لساعات- عن المعاناة التي يعيشها فاقدو البصر والعالم الذي يتعثرون فيه!

أو بإمكان من لم يتسنى له زيارة هذا المطعم أن يقرأ هذه الرواية التي تتحدث عن وباء غا
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Imagine the most ordinary situation in the world.

People waiting at a traffic light. All of us can see that before our inner eyes, relive thousands of similar situations we have experienced ourselves, without ever giving them a moment of consideration. Thus starts Saramago's Blindness. But there is a disruption. One car is not following the rules all take for granted. The car doesn't move when the light switches to green. People are annoyed, frustrated, disturbed in their routines, but not worri
Renato Magalhães Rocha
Blindness is a great novel by Portuguese writer José Saramago that deals with human's individual and collective reactions when in the face of adversarial forces. With gorgeous prose, this thought-provoking book shows us how our world, ever so concerned and consumed by appearances, would deal with the loss of our most relied upon sense: vision. When it's every man by himself, when every man is free to do whatever he wants without the impending fear of recognition and judgement, we start to feel - ...more
Petra Eggs
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Update. I said I would never read another Saramago because of his writing style. I did though. All the Names and Death with Interruptions. Both brilliant. But I listened to them. I wouldn't have appreciated them as much if I'd had to struggle through Saramago's idiosyncratic writing style.


In H.G. Wells 'In the Country of the Blind' the only person who can see suffers great discrimination and has to agree to have his eyes removed and become as blind as the rest of the people who
“I don't think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.”
José Saramago’s Blindness can be viewed as an allegory for a world where we see but in fact neglect what is around us. It is a human condition, unquestionable a disease that in contemporary time has only agravated.
"..blindness is also this, to live in a world where all hope is gone."
is more than a dystopian novel, it is a philosophical work that makes us wonder about our
فهد الفهد

في الثامن عشر من يونيو الماضي توفي (جوزيه ساراماغو)، خبر وفاته اخترق العزلة الاختيارية التي كنت أفرضها على نفسي، وأعاد لي ذكريات روايته (سنة موت ريكاردو ريس)، والتي قرأتها يوما ً وكتبت عنها بالطبع، كتابة لا ريب أنها مدفونة في مكان ما، بين كتابات أخرى متقادمة، في تلك الرواية اكتشفت ساراماغو، الأديب البرتغالي وصاحب نوبل 1998 م، بأسلوبه المميز الذي يسمونه السرد المتعدد الأصوات، حيث تتخلل السرد أصوات الأبطال، كلماتهم التي تأتي سريعة، قصيرة، في نهر الرواية الجارف.

الذاكرة أعادت لي أيضا ً، نية قرا
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
رمان کوری از بهترین اثر های ساراماگو هست .. روایت کوری ای که از مذهب شروع میشه و بسرعت تبدیل به اپیدمی میشه که نتیجه اش ایجاد میلیتاریسم و نظامی سالاری میشه .. ادمای کوری که چشم دارن اما نمیبینن ..نیجه این ندیدن اما تن دادن به دیکتاتوری و ذلت و الوده شدن جامعه و از بین رفتن کرامت انسانی و سقوط ازاد اخلاقی جامعه اس .. زن دکتر تنها ادمی هست که هنوز میبینه .. با این حال این دیدن و این آگاهی داشتن یا به تعبیری خردمند بودن به بخشی از مشکل تبدیل میشه و نه بخشی از راه حل .. جالبه که تنها ادم اگاه جامعه ...more
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

What an irony that a book which holds, loss, filth, loot, stomp, cruelty, disorientation, putrefaction, injustice, helplessness, murder, rape, misery, nakedness, abandonment, death and unimaginable suffering in its bosom, left me with a climactic emotion of beauty, overwhelming beauty. Beauty of what you ask? That of resilience, that of courage, that of insurmountable human spirit which perhaps hits its zenith when it is brutally pinned to the bottommost
Mar 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: most-hated
Not at all disturbing, not at all compelling and not at all interesting, Jose Saramago's Blindness only succeeds in frustrating readers who take a moment to let their imagination beyond the page. Yes, Saramago's story is a clever idea, and, yes, he creates an intentional allegory to force us to think about the nature of humanity, but his ideas are clearly those of a privileged white male in a privileged European nation. Not only do his portrayals of women and their men fall short of the mark, bu ...more
Mohammed  Ali
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
البارحة كنت أتجول في مكتبتي -الإلكترونية طبعا- أبحث عن عناوين جديدة أو أقرأ العناوين فقط، وهو فعل أقوم به بحثا عن صدفة ما، والصدفة هنا أقصد بها عنوانا يجذبني دون أن أعرف لماذا أو كيف، فأقرأه أو بالأحرى أبدأ في قراءته وفي كثير من الأحيان أنهييه. المهم أثناء هذا التجوال أو الجولة قرأت اسم هذه الرواية " العمى " .. هذه الرواية أعرفها جيدا، بل قرأتها منذ مدة، بل وقرأت عنها عدة مقالات بل وقرأت الكثير من المراجعات حولها، ولكن لماذا لفتت انتباهي في هذه اللحظة بالذات ؟
قبل هذا اللقاء مع هذه الرواية كنت أ
May 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, kickass

Whether you interpret it as an allegory or otherwise, you will find that most of all Blindness is about being human, and the virtues and vices that define the fundamental human nature.

In a world full of blind people, where the civilization as we know it has completely deteriorated, people are no more identified and judged based on their profession, social status, outward appearances etc. All that remains to distinguish one person from another is one's voice, and the kind of person one is. When
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, i-own-it, translated
This book was brutal in the most literal sense of the term. It looks at how humans can devolve into savages when put in certain situations, in this case when a 'white blindness' epidemic breaks out and causes people to suddenly lose their sight for no explicable reason.

Saramago is a pretty harsh critic, it seems, of organized structures like government or religion—and that's most clearly seen in the ways that the affected people create communities, how they respond to crises, and ultimately how
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, nobel
Perhaps only in a world of the blind will things be what they truly are.

Goodness me. The horror. The chaos. These two moist pulpy vibratile objects of anatomy, one on either side of the nose, 'the window to the soul', are steering wheels of the body, the basis of all order in the fragile human world, without which the purpose of evolutionary biology is moot. What would it be like if everyone was struck by an epidemic of blindness, sudden and inexplicable, you and I 'catching' blindness from one
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, special
This is not just a book you read, it reads you too. It is not a book that you can shelve, once it is read - it stays with you. Will you dare pick it up, let it stare into your soul?

I read this over 10 years ago and it is still very present in my mind. It has repeatedly come back to me, I have been recommending it and thinking about it. Yes, also worrying a bit more.

Without spoiling it the story is quickly told: blindness spreads like a disease. It is terrifying in that it just happens, suddenly
ياسمين ثابت


"العمى ايضا هو ان تعيش في عالم انعدم فيه الامل"

النذور لا توفى دائما , احيانا بسبب الضعف واحيانا اخرى بسبب قوة خارقة لم نكن" نحسب حسابها"
من المذهل انك حين تقرا العمى وتنتهى من اخر سطر في الرواية ستصاب الخرس!
ستشعر للحظة انك فقدت حواسك وتهت في نفسك في خوفك في رعبك في حقيقتك في حقيقة العالم, عالمك

وربما لن تستطيع الخروج لساعات

العمى..الرعب الحقيقي, اسوء كابوس يمكن ان يصيب الانسان, اكثر الوحوش الضارية التي يمكنها ان تنهشه كل دقيقة في حياته دون ان يموت ليرتاح

ليس لدي شئ اقوله ع
Paul Bryant
Sep 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
What kind of a person is it who relishes reviewing the books he hates and quails at the thought of reviewing his five-star books?

It would appear that that could be a description of me. Well, the reason's obvious - it's great fun to boot a bad book and some bad ideas all around this site, a chance for a few jokes, a laugh, a song and a hand grenade, a couple of pints of Scruttock's Old Dirigible and everyone goes home with a smile on their face, no harm done. Not so easy to describe greatness, s
May 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: b-the-good
This is definitely a book that people will either love or hate. It's just that kind of book. Not everyone is going to pick this up and like it. Even the people who end up really liking it, while reading it keep finding themselves putting down the book, looking around the room and sighing in discomfort, wondering if they should really continue. They will though, and they will once again find themselves fully immersed.

Jose Saramago writes this specific story in such a way that you are one of the b
چیزی که موقع خوندن داستان برام خیلی جالب بود، این بود که چطور نویسنده از تکنیک در خدمت داستان استفاده کرده.
دنیای کورها، امپراتوری اصوات درهم و برهمه. حداقل تا زمانی که فرد نابینا قدرت شنوایی بیشتری کسب کنه و بتونه اصوات رو با قدرت زیاد تمیز بده.
نویسنده هم برای نشون دادن این اصوات در هم و بر هم، اومده دیالوگ ها رو بدون گیومه و خط تیره، بدون سر سطر آوردن هر دیالوگ و مجزا کردنش، در هم و بر هم و پشت سر هم و بدون هیچ تمیزی آورده. به طوری که خواننده با طوفانی سر در گم کننده از گفتگوهای آشفته مواجه می
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José de Sousa Saramago (pronounced [ʒuˈzɛ sɐɾɐˈmagu]) was a Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, playwright, and journalist. He was a member of the Portuguese Communist Party.

His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor rather than the officially sanctioned story. Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize fo

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