“That night the blind man dreamt that he was blind.” (José Saramago - Blindness)
In José Saramago’s 1995 novel Blindness, a strange, unexplained blindness befalls the people of an unnamed city. It isn’t darkness which leaves the people in fear, but a white light that takes over their visual field. Most important in Saramago’s book, however, is the connection he draws between the act of seeing and the degree of stability in society. The more people become blind, the more society falls apart. Blindness is . . .