A Comparative Look at Human Behaviour Through José Saramago’s Blindness and the Covid-19 Pandemic


During the global lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic there has been an increase of interest in the literature of epidemics.[1] Albert Camus’ La Peste (1947) has been especially popular.[2] As my research interests are focused on matters within the Lusophone World, I sought out a Portuguese author to see what might be ascertained from the recent Covid-19 pandemic.[3] Through a brief analysis of this global event and José Saramago’s Blindness there are some interesting parallels of human behaviour made visible when people face crises brought on by pathogens.[4] (more…)