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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

World Literature
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Oct 2 - 6:30pm

A Hero of Our Time
by Mikhail Lermontov

Fast Fridays
detail of New York Movie by Edward Hopper

Oct 4 - 12:00pm

"The Projectionist"
by Joe R. Lansdale

Brown Bag Mystery Readers
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Oct 7 - 12:00pm

The Snatch
by Bill Pronzini

World Literature
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Oct 16 - 6:30pm

American Pastoral
by Philip Roth

Fast Fridays

Nov 1 - 12:00pm

"Wamsutter Wolf"
by Annie Proulx