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* SrelathSequel: ''Seeing'' is this to ''Blindness''

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* SrelathSequel: StealthSequel: ''Seeing'' is this to ''Blindness''



** This is pushed to the extreme in ''Seeing'', which is obviously set in a mid-sized unitary country with a mixed president-ministers government very similar to Portugal and most other European countries. At one point the OmniscientNarrator even points out how the President could (and should) have started his public adress by shouting "Women and Men of Portugal" or the like, but then the narrator apologizes for mentioning Portugal and states how this is just a pointless analogy and that the unnamed country in which the story takes place [[BlatantLies is in no way like Portugal]].

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** This is pushed to the extreme in ''Seeing'', which is obviously set in a mid-sized unitary country with a mixed president-ministers government very similar to Portugal and most other European countries. At one point the OmniscientNarrator omniscient {{Narrator}} even points out how the President could (and should) have started his public adress by shouting "Women and Men of Portugal" or the like, but then the narrator apologizes for mentioning Portugal and states how this is just a pointless analogy and that the unnamed country in which the story takes place [[BlatantLies is in no way like Portugal]].

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* SrelathSequel: ''Seeing'' is this to ''Blindness''


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** This is pushed to the extreme in ''Seeing'', which is obviously set in a mid-sized unitary country with a mixed president-ministers government very similar to Portugal and most other European countries. At one point the OmniscientNarrator even points out how the President could (and should) have started his public adress by shouting "Women and Men of Portugal" or the like, but then the narrator apologizes for mentioning Portugal and states how this is just a pointless analogy and that the unnamed country in which the story takes place [[BlatantLies is in no way like Portugal]].


* NamelessNarrative: The characters in ''Literature/{{Blindness}}'' are referred to by their roles or (ironically, given the fact all of them are stricken by blindness) physical descriptions.

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The characters in ''Literature/{{Blindness}}'' are referred to by their roles or (ironically, given the fact all of them are stricken by blindness) physical descriptions.


* {{Demythtification}}: ''The Gospel According to Jesus Christ'' seems to start in this direction, by having Jesus being born from plain intercourse by Joseph and Mary, presenting the Angel that heralds his birth in an ambiguous manner (for example, he shows up later as one of three shepherds who adore him), having the Massacre of the Innocents limited to the village Jesus is staying in, attributing his ability to produce fish simply to good fishing skills, having him in love with Mary Magdalene, and having John the Baptist (who is unrelated to Jesus, but inspires him) be executed for criticizing Herod's marriage and not for claiming the coming of the Messiah. However, Herod learns of Jesus's birth from a dead prophet appearing to him in a dream, Jesus as a teenager works for both the Angel (who seems to be really an Angel) and another shepherd who is clearly the Devil, and as an adult, Jesus meets God.

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* {{Demythtification}}: {{Demythification}}: ''The Gospel According to Jesus Christ'' seems to start in this direction, by having Jesus being born from plain intercourse by Joseph and Mary, presenting the Angel that heralds his birth in an ambiguous manner (for example, he shows up later as one of three shepherds who adore him), having the Massacre of the Innocents limited to the village Jesus is staying in, attributing his ability to produce fish simply to good fishing skills, having him in love with Mary Magdalene, and having John the Baptist (who is unrelated to Jesus, but inspires him) be executed for criticizing Herod's marriage and not for claiming the coming of the Messiah. However, Herod learns of Jesus's birth from a dead prophet appearing to him in a dream, Jesus as a teenager works for both the Angel (who seems to be really an Angel) and another shepherd who is clearly the Devil, and as an adult, Jesus meets God.


* BiblicalBadGuy: Played with in ''Cain''. Since God has ordered that Cain cannot be harmed by any living being -- including Himself -- Cain gets to live through all of the Old Testament, bitter at being turned into the first murderer because he, unlike his brother, didn't want to spill blood to appease God, and horrified by the events of the OT becomes convinced that GodIsEvil. He spends a lot of time calling the old man out, before eventually [[spoiler:hitching a ride on Noah's ark. When all of humanity but God's chosen survivors have drowned, Cain takes out Noah and his family SlasherMovie style, leaving God alone with an empty world]].

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* BiblicalBadGuy: {{Cain}}: Played with in ''Cain''. Since God has ordered that Cain cannot be harmed by any living being -- including Himself -- Cain gets to live through all of the Old Testament, bitter at being turned into the first murderer because he, unlike his brother, didn't want to spill blood to appease God, and horrified by the events of the OT becomes convinced that GodIsEvil. He spends a lot of time calling the old man out, before eventually [[spoiler:hitching a ride on Noah's ark. When all of humanity but God's chosen survivors have drowned, Cain takes out Noah and his family SlasherMovie style, leaving God alone with an empty world]].


* ''Blindness'' (''Ensaio sobre a Cegueira'', 1995)

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* ''Blindness'' ''Literature/{{Blindness}}'' (''Ensaio sobre a Cegueira'', 1995)



* DisabilitySuperpower: In ''Blindness'', all of humanity becomes blind with the exception of one person. People who were previously blind are accustomed to their condition, and have enough of an advantage that at least one becomes a gang leader of sorts.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: In ''Blindness'', none of the characters have a name. They are referred to by their profession or physical appearance. The central couple are "the doctor" and "the doctor's wife".



* TheImmune: ''Blindness'' follows the one woman immune to the plague of blindness.
* NamelessNarrative: The characters in ''Blindness'' are referred to by their roles or (ironically, given the fact all of them are stricken by blindness) physical descriptions.

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* TheImmune: ''Blindness'' follows the one woman immune to the plague of blindness.
* NamelessNarrative: The characters in ''Blindness'' ''Literature/{{Blindness}}'' are referred to by their roles or (ironically, given the fact all of them are stricken by blindness) physical descriptions.



* PostApocalypticDog: In ''Blindness'', civilization begins to collapse (at least in the unnamed city where the action takes place) after a plague of blindness strikes. A loving, faithful dog called only the "dog of tears" accompanies the one remaining sighted human in her quest to save herself and those around her.
* ScarpiaUltimatum: In ''Blindness'', a gang of inmates led by the only man with a gun takes over the quarantined abandoned asylum, threatening the other residents, and stealing and hoarding all the food supplies. Eventually they demand payment in valuables, and then in women. [[spoiler:The women volunteer to go, as a group, in order to save the lives of all the other people living there]].



* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: ''Blindness'', ''Seeing'', ''Death with Interruptions'' and ''All the Names'' are all set in undefined cities and even countries. Often there is some detail that prevents the obvious assumption that they're set in Saramago's native Portugal: ''Death with Interruptions'', for instance, is set in a country with a monarchy (Portugal got rid of its monarch in 1910).

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: ''Blindness'', ''Literature/{{Blindness}}'', ''Seeing'', ''Death with Interruptions'' and ''All the Names'' are all set in undefined cities and even countries. Often there is some detail that prevents the obvious assumption that they're set in Saramago's native Portugal: ''Death with Interruptions'', for instance, is set in a country with a monarchy (Portugal got rid of its monarch in 1910).


* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: ''Blindness'', ''Seeing'', ''Death with Interruptions'' and ''All the Names'' are all set in undefined cities and even countries. Often there is some detail that prevents the obvious assumption that they're set in Saramago's native Portugal: ''Blindness'', for instance, is set in a country with a monarchy (Portugal got rid of its monarch in 1910), and ''Death with Interruptions'' is set in a landlocked country.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: ''Blindness'', ''Seeing'', ''Death with Interruptions'' and ''All the Names'' are all set in undefined cities and even countries. Often there is some detail that prevents the obvious assumption that they're set in Saramago's native Portugal: ''Blindness'', ''Death with Interruptions'', for instance, is set in a country with a monarchy (Portugal got rid of its monarch in 1910), and ''Death with Interruptions'' is set in a landlocked country.1910).

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José Saramago (16 November 1922 18 June 2010), was a Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 UsefulNotes/NobelPrizeInLiterature.

His novels include:

* ''The Gospel According to Jesus Christ'' (''O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Cristo'', 1991)
* ''Blindness'' (''Ensaio sobre a Cegueira'', 1995)
* ''All the Names'' (''Todos os Nomes'', 1997)
* ''The Double'' (''O Homem Duplicado'', 2002)
* ''Seeing'' (''Ensaio sobre a Lucidez'', 2004) (sequel to ''Blindness'')
* ''Death with Interruptions''/''Death at Intervals'' (''As Intermitências da Morte'', 2005)
* ''Cain'' (2009)

Films based on his novels include:

* ''Film/{{Blindness}}'' (2008)
* ''Film/{{Enemy}}'' (2013)

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!!José Saramago's works contain examples of:

* BiblicalBadGuy: Played with in ''Cain''. Since God has ordered that Cain cannot be harmed by any living being -- including Himself -- Cain gets to live through all of the Old Testament, bitter at being turned into the first murderer because he, unlike his brother, didn't want to spill blood to appease God, and horrified by the events of the OT becomes convinced that GodIsEvil. He spends a lot of time calling the old man out, before eventually [[spoiler:hitching a ride on Noah's ark. When all of humanity but God's chosen survivors have drowned, Cain takes out Noah and his family SlasherMovie style, leaving God alone with an empty world]].
* DeathTakesAHoliday: ''Death with Interruptions'', which explores all the political, social and economical consequences of people not dying in a certain country a sense of pride, crime syndicates threatening people with fates worse than death, and the trafficking of ill people to the border so they can die, with all the international chaos that follows.
* {{Demythtification}}: ''The Gospel According to Jesus Christ'' seems to start in this direction, by having Jesus being born from plain intercourse by Joseph and Mary, presenting the Angel that heralds his birth in an ambiguous manner (for example, he shows up later as one of three shepherds who adore him), having the Massacre of the Innocents limited to the village Jesus is staying in, attributing his ability to produce fish simply to good fishing skills, having him in love with Mary Magdalene, and having John the Baptist (who is unrelated to Jesus, but inspires him) be executed for criticizing Herod's marriage and not for claiming the coming of the Messiah. However, Herod learns of Jesus's birth from a dead prophet appearing to him in a dream, Jesus as a teenager works for both the Angel (who seems to be really an Angel) and another shepherd who is clearly the Devil, and as an adult, Jesus meets God.
* DisabilitySuperpower: In ''Blindness'', all of humanity becomes blind with the exception of one person. People who were previously blind are accustomed to their condition, and have enough of an advantage that at least one becomes a gang leader of sorts.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: In ''Blindness'', none of the characters have a name. They are referred to by their profession or physical appearance. The central couple are "the doctor" and "the doctor's wife".
* GodIsFlawed: Both ''The Gospel According to Jesus Christ'' and ''Cain'' depict God as selfish and cruel.
* GrandInquisitorScene: In ''The Gospel According to Jesus Christ'', there's a Grand Inquisitor Scene between God, Jesus, and Satan. [[spoiler:Jesus just wants to be normal, Satan offers to quit and leave the world without evil in exchange for God's forgiveness, and God shuts them both down since he needs an evil counterpart and a martyr to take over the world]].
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Jesus in ''The Gospel According to Jesus Christ''.
* TheImmune: ''Blindness'' follows the one woman immune to the plague of blindness.
* NamelessNarrative: The characters in ''Blindness'' are referred to by their roles or (ironically, given the fact all of them are stricken by blindness) physical descriptions.
** Saramago also does this in ''Seeing'', ''Death with Interruptions'', and (ironically) ''All the Names''.
* NoPunctuationPeriod: Saramago's prose features only periods and commas, and nothing more. Furthermore, there's no indication of dialogue or who's saying what, except that each piece of dialogue starts with capital letters, just as if it was written normally. Finally, his paragraphs extend over pages. The thing is, he pulls it off. After the first few pages, it stops being difficult to follow, and he uses it effectively to set his tone.
* PostApocalypticDog: In ''Blindness'', civilization begins to collapse (at least in the unnamed city where the action takes place) after a plague of blindness strikes. A loving, faithful dog called only the "dog of tears" accompanies the one remaining sighted human in her quest to save herself and those around her.
* ScarpiaUltimatum: In ''Blindness'', a gang of inmates led by the only man with a gun takes over the quarantined abandoned asylum, threatening the other residents, and stealing and hoarding all the food supplies. Eventually they demand payment in valuables, and then in women. [[spoiler:The women volunteer to go, as a group, in order to save the lives of all the other people living there]].
* WallOfText: Paragraphs that extend over a page or more without a break are one of the characteristics of Saramago's prose style.
* WanderingJew: In ''Cain'', God orders that Cain cannot be harmed by any living being, leaving him to wander the earth and witness subsequent history.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: ''Blindness'', ''Seeing'', ''Death with Interruptions'' and ''All the Names'' are all set in undefined cities and even countries. Often there is some detail that prevents the obvious assumption that they're set in Saramago's native Portugal: ''Blindness'', for instance, is set in a country with a monarchy (Portugal got rid of its monarch in 1910), and ''Death with Interruptions'' is set in a landlocked country.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: In the latter part of ''Death with Interruptions'', people who are about to die start receiving letters from death notifying them of when it will happen.
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