Jose Saramago’s work Blindness tells the story of a city hit by a blindness in which no one is spared. At first the blind are confined to an old mental hospital, where one woman with her sight leads her fellow inmates, and witnesses the horror and depravity of a broken down society. Among her are an ophthalmologist, a man with an eye-patch, a woman with dark glasses, and motherless boy, and a faithful dog.
Blindness is a commentary on the breakdown of systems and societies, as well as the weaknesses of human-kind when they are at their most vulnerable. The language is beautiful but haunting. At first, the almost complete lack of punctuation makes the novel difficult to read, but soon the flow becomes entirely natural and fitting for this story.