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by Jose Saramago

An epidemic of "white blindness" infects a whole city as victims are captured and thrown into an insane asylum. Guards are told to kill anyone who escapes. But what happens when one intrepid soul fakes her blindness in order to be with her husband? Written by Jose Saramago, one of Portugal's most important authors and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Blindness is considered Saramago's most poignant work.

This is the first of two meetings on Blindness.


World Literature is a member-led group. It's free to all members, and all are welcome to attend. Many of the selections discussed are critically acclaimed works translated into English. World Literature Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month (excluding holidays).

World Literature Book Group Meetings

Members Only; Free
4th Floor Board Room
Myles Cooper - 415-857-6721

Future Book Group Meetings

Fast Fridays

Aug 2 - 12:00pm

"The Tomb of Wrestling"
by Jo Ann Beard

World Literature

Aug 7 - 6:30pm

by Jose Saramago

Brown Bag Mystery Readers

Aug 12 - 12:00pm

39 Steps
by John Buchan

World Literature
book cover

Aug 21 - 6:30pm

The Summer Book
by Tove Jannson

World Literature
book cover

Sep 4 - 6:30pm

Too Loud a Solitude
by Bohumil Hrabal

Brown Bag Mystery Readers

Sep 9 - 12:00pm

Down the River Unto the Sea
by Walter Mosley