Seeing (novel)

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First edition
Author José Saramago
Original title Ensaio sobre a Lucidez
Translator Margaret Jull Costa
Country Portugal
Language Portuguese
Publisher Editorial Caminho
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 307pp
ISBN 0-15-101238-5
OCLC 62302340
869.3/42 22
LC Class PQ9281.A66 E7713 2006
Preceded by Blindness

Seeing (Portuguese: Ensaio sobre a Lucidez, lit. Essay on Lucidity) is a novel by Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese author José Saramago. It was published in Portuguese in 2004 and in English in 2006. It is a sequel to one of his most famous works, Blindness.

Plot summary[edit]

Seeing is a story set in the same country featured in Blindness and begins with a parliamentary election in which the majority of the populace casts blank ballots. The story revolves around the struggles of the government and its various members as they try to simultaneously understand and destroy the amorphous non-movement of blank-voters. Characters from Blindness appear in the second half of the novel, including 'the doctor' and 'the doctor's wife'.[1]


  1. ^ See the book review by Ursula K Le Guin, The plague of blank ballots, The Guardian, 15 April 206.