Nitpicking: Blindness, Blood, and Milk (part 1)

Blindness (or Ensayo sobre la ceguera, if, like me, you read it in Spanish) is a novel by eminent Portuguese writer José Saramago, published in 1995. It’s a direct criticism of contemporary society and its morals (or lack thereof), based on the emergence of a disease whose only symptom is causing immediate blindness. It's a novel rife with symbolism and allegory, especially with the use of two of my all-time favourite symbols: blood and milk.