Reply Thu 24 Jun, 2010 07:43 pm
June 21, 2010, 11:45 AM
In Portugal, Saramago’s Funeral Draws 20,000 Mourners, But Not the President

President Anibal Cavaco Silva of Portugal defended his decision not to attend the funeral of the author José Saramago, saying he had never known Mr. Saramago during his lifetime, BBC News reported.

Mr. Saramago, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1998, had left his native Portugal in 1992 after the Roman Catholic Church pressured the Portuguese government into disqualifying his novel “The Gospel According to Jesus Christ” from contention for the European Literary Prize. Mr. Saramago went into self-imposed exile in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, where he died on Friday of multiple organ failure after a long illness.
Reply Thu 24 Jun, 2010 08:48 pm
I would like one day to read his work.
Fil Albuquerque
Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2016 09:37 pm
Saramago reinvented the written Portuguese without or with very little punctuation and long sentences. He started is writer's career after 60 and was an outspoken communist and atheist. I think is work would sell well among the new atheists in liberal modern America. The reading is worth it.
Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2016 10:07 pm
@Fil Albuquerque,
I'll look, might not like but I'll give him a chance. I can ramble with the best of them..
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