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On election day in the capital, it is raining so hard that no one has bothered to come out to vote. The politicians are growing jittery. Should they reschedule the elections for another day? Around three o'clock, the rain finally stops. Promptly at four, voters rush to the polling stations, as if they had been ordered to appear.

But when the ballots are counted, more than 70 percent are blank. The citizens are rebellious. A state of emergency is declared. But are the authorities acting too precipitously? Or even blindly? The word evokes terrible memories of the plague of blindness that hit the city four years before, and of the one woman who kept her sight. Could she be behind the blank ballots? A police superintendent is put on the case.

What begins as a satire on governments and the sometimes dubious efficacy of the democratic system turns into something far more sinister. A singular novel from the author of Blindness.
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2006.
ISBN: 9780156032735
Characteristics: 307 p. ;,24 cm.


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Aug 01, 2017

Bland and unrewarding. The plot is that nothing happens. The only impressive thing about this book is how utterly empty it is.

Oct 05, 2014

I read Blindness by Jose Saramago, would like to try other novels he wrote including this one.

Aug 15, 2013

Disturbing, ultimately unsatisfying, political fable about people who are able to see through the lies.

Sep 08, 2012

This sequel to "Blindness" takes a while to get in to. The narrative with dialogue flowing together, separated by only commas, and a lot of talking to the reader, was a barrier to my reading ease. Now the city is faced with voters casting blank votes - as if blind to the electoral process. Why was this done and who is responsible are the questions asked by the government authorities. If you can get through the first half of the book, there is a bit of action and some progression that should keep your interest. The comment on the state of politics is pretty clear.

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