Estado de exceção e representações literárias: Ensaio sobre a cegueira, Ensaio sobre a lucidez e A peste

We intend to compare three related texts and two authors: José Saramago � Blindness (1995) and Lucidity (2004) and Albert Camus � The Plague (1947). Although separated by time, these works employ similar metaphor in describing the evil of their time: illness. In Camus, Nazism and Stalin�s totalitari...

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Main Authors: Cavendish Wanderley, Márcia, de Almeida Braga, Alessandra
Format: Article
Language:Portuguese
Published: Instituto de Ciências Humanas e Filosofia. Universidade Federal Fluminense 2011
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Online Access:https://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/oaiart?codigo=4025857
Source:Passagens, ISSN 1984-2503, Vol. 3, Nº. 3, 2011, pags. 415-431
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Summary: We intend to compare three related texts and two authors: José Saramago � Blindness (1995) and Lucidity (2004) and Albert Camus � The Plague (1947). Although separated by time, these works employ similar metaphor in describing the evil of their time: illness. In Camus, Nazism and Stalin�s totalitarian Communism are the principal targets; in Saramago, criticism is directed at globalised capitalism and its tentacles (The Plague and Blindness). In Seeing (Saramago), we see an attempt to reclaim symbols such as the color white which characterized the blindness epidemic by employing a different, and even opposite meaning. First, society�s critical incapacity; second, seeing through the democratic farce.